Connecting with the Community
I am reading Peter Block's book called Community: The Structure of Belonging. It is very inspiring.
He talks about bringing all people into participation, especially those who may otherwise be invisible parts of our society.
I have some neighbors, who I doubt you would call invisible. Nonetheless, they are pretty non-traditional and they are a big part of this project. Their enthusiasm is contagious, especially Melody.
Yesterday we had our third board meeting. It was great to be able to share some of the emerging programming. Afterwards, Melody and I sat around in the Community House and sang songs.
It was so fun.
It is important that while we are doing the good work of starting up a project we remember to stop and smell the roses, and of course sing about them too.
Everything is Real
I am thrilled to see this project taking form. I still haven't completed all the paperwork for the IRS, but in some ways I am glad that things are going slowly since new ideas are being added to the mix. This is exactly as I would like. The community is participating by bringing their own gifts and vision to the table, and I am ready to put it in the pot!
What a wonderful feeling. I knew we would have recovery meetings, but now I am having people making suggestions as to what types of meetings they would like. I knew we would have hands on activities focused on entrepreneurialism, but I didn't know I would have people making suggestions for activities, and even new populations to work with. I knew we would support entrepreneurialism, but I didn't realize how ready people are for the opportunity to step onto the path of realizing their passion.
Also donations of goods and new ideas for adult parent-child classes are being suggested and added. All of this is going in the final IRS application, so as I said, I am grateful that the process has been slow. It has given it time to become what is is meant to be.
I also started a creativity challenge for the new year. Each day I am writing one song, one poem and doing one drawing. I struggle with poetry, but the daily practice has produced some interesting results.
Here is one from the other day.
Wrapped tightly inside
there is something of worth
but it can't be accessed yet.
Drop the hammer, and throw away the chisel
No matter how many bangs of the hammer
it can't be accessed yet.
The opening of a rosebud
happens with the gentle
rays of the sun.
If you like the idea of a creativity challenge, I hope you will join us for our course.
How to Be Creative and Live a Spectacular Life
An Idealist-Realist. Striving to Bring those Idealistic Dreams into Reality.