October 8, 2016, Chula Vista- It was a weekend of talk about change, and talk about commitments. On October 1, a Baha’i Unit Convention was held in Flagstaff, and a similar gathering took place the following day, at the Native American Baha’i Institute of Learning, in tiny Burntwater, AZ, about 10 miles north of Sanders, along Interstate 40.
At these gatherings, we choose a person to represent our communities at the U.S. National Convention, in the Chicago area, the following May. This is an important function, yet what is more important is that we are addressing the spiritual condition of our communities. It is not a bland spouting of platitudes, and there are sharp opinions voiced, during the consultation. Yet what we are, regardless of opinions, is respectful of one another’s value. There is no one, among the gathered friends, who is discounted or seen as lacking value. The goal, for each of us, is to extend this valuing to the entire community, not just committed members of the Baha’i Faith.
After an intense week at work, in which these principles of unity were put to the test, and which by the grace of God, I largely maintained progress, I headed out to my son’s place, in this southern suburb of America’s Hometown. He’s a bit laid up, from a fracture of one of his left foot’s metatarsals. So, my entire function, these five days in California is to help with his needs. My usual meanderings up the coast will need to wait until the week after Christmas.
I set out from Prescott, last night, after a particularly strenuous day and a lengthy, soothing dinner at the American Legion Post. The route this time took me to a very restful night at an economical motel in Blythe, then a drive through the Colorado Desert, through Brawley, to El Centro and over the Laguna Mountains to the coast.
The weekend is off to a fairly restful start, and we can tend to tasks related to Aram’s healing, on Monday and Tuesday.