Monday, February 25, 2013

Open Doors

The fun part continues! Turns out talking about myself just never gets boring. I have a couple "gigs" coming up that I'm excited about, and partly because they are pushing me beyond my comfort zone. I like my comfort zone. I am, basically, all about staying within the comfort zone, but I am stepping out a bit and finding that to be both terrifying and fun, too, in a I-could-just-barf-right-now kind of way.

I'm going to talk to a bunch of people getting their Master's in social work. Actually, I am not really going to "talk to" them as much as answer their questions. I am no expert on social services, in fact, we've barely used any. The focus is going to be more on community and the value of that. Since that is one of my favorite things to discuss, I am looking forward to it.

I am also going to meet with a group of people from my mom's church, that are studying the book, Living Gently in a Violent World as part of their Lenten journey. It is co-written by Jean Vanier who founded the L'Arche communities. STM and I are very interested in creating something similar for Wil when the time comes. Ideally, we would like Wil to live in community with typical peers, as well as those with a variety of differences and ages. Don't think for a minute we haven't already been "taking meetings" about this.

I don't know how much longer this will last, or where, if anywhere, it will lead, but for now, when a door opens, I'm walking through it.

3 comments:

Elizabeth said...

It sounds like you have a lot of wonderful upcoming things. Thanks for the link to the Vanier book -- I, too, fantasize about such a community for Sophie. I'm always hoping, though, that it'll be done before I need it so that I won't have to do the work. Sigh.

Check out this link: www.fredconference.org. I wish that I could go this weekend, but I have visitors from out of town --

kario said...

I'm with you on the "comfort zone" thing. I'll be there in spirit cheering you on as the nausea rises...

fullsoulahead.com said...

Atta girl. Of course you are.