February 6, 2019-
The title pretty much sums up what I do, from day to day, on my job. It also sums up what I have experienced, in so many areas of life, especially since 2011. Things that are second nature, or are taken for granted, by many others, have been huge for me-as they have happened for seemingly the first time. I will treasure my journeys, completed hiking routes, accomplished volunteer projects, and each event at which I have been warmly greeted.
Of course, there have been moments when I’ve stumbled, in Paris, in Gera and in Corpus Christi, I learned from those relatively minor errors in judgement. There have been times when I’ve faced hostility, and I’ve learned from those times, as well. There have been times when I’ve looked in the face of indifference, and have realized that this is to be expected- across the range of human interactions. Friendships often ebb and flow.
My greatest satisfaction, though, is in seeing people I love rise above their own apprehensions and overcome their setbacks. Nurturing one’s basic skills is ever a source of comfort and strength, on which to fall back. I will continue to work on mine, and realize things about myself that have not even occurred to me. I hope the same for my many friends and loved ones.