The Meaning of BranchBarks

Hi everyone, Tyler here again. It’s a snow filled day here in Denver and I’m sitting here watching the Packers beat up on the Miami Dolphins (for now, it hasn’t exactly been a great season). It seems like now is a good time to discuss where the BranchBarks name came from and why it is important to my wife, Allyson, and me. While in college we were both heavily involved with the same on campus organization our entire time there. In fact, I ended up interning there after graduating for a year, but that’s a story for another time. As sophomores with this organization the expectation was that you devoted some of your time to service. All of the sophomores were are known as BranchBarks, thus the name. For me as a sophomore (a couple years before Allyson because I’m an old man), I took on weekly jobs like yard work, aka the YardBark, and collecting and driving the recycling to the recycling center each week, aka the RecycleBark. As you can tell, all of the jobs had creative and unique titles.

Part of the value of being a BranchBark was learning what it meant to take ownership of and give back to something that I had benefited from and cared deeply about. This is something that I’ve carried with me and think is a valuable part of how I live my life. It means that I care about my neighborhood and want to find ways to give back to it. I care about my friends and think it’s important to develop relationships based on mutual service and support. I truly believe that there is value in recognizing areas where you have abilities and opportunities to give back as much as you’ve received. This is something I am still learning and developing every day and will continue to do so until the day that I die.

Thanks again for reading, feel free to let me know your thoughts about service and different ways you have learned to give back in the comments below!

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