I have learned a great deal working at a homeless shelter -- about myself, about people, about how I am in the world, about how I want to be in the world.
I have learned about compassion and being true to my beliefs, about standing up, in love, for what I believe in, about standing in a space for others to hold their beliefs as their truth without fighting for that space.
I have learned about compassion and caring and softening my heart.
I have learned the difference between the need to not fight to change people, and the need to fight to change the world.
I have learned that change begins with me. That I truly am, as Ghandi exhorted, the change I want to see in the world.
There is so much I have learned from people who have nothing to give yet who give so much. There is so much I have been given.
The gifts are many and all of them count in creating within me the change I want to see in the world.
And today, that change begins with my favourite meeting of the week. Every Friday morning at 7:30 I meet with another woman who works in the sector. A woman who inspires and challenges and encourages me, as I do her, to create more of what we want in the world. We talk about heart matters, we share our triumphs and our tribulations and, we inspire each other to create change, to be the change, to embrace the evolutionary nature of our beings.
Thank you everyone for dropping by and chatting. For commenting. For sharing your stories. I am blessed.