Filling in the Silence

There are some people in the world that have a specific calling. They live their lives for a cause, and they do it well. They have a passionate vision for themselves and their communities and know how they can make a difference.

The reason why I’m thinking about this is because I just finished a book called “Walk Out Walk On” by Margaret Wheatley and Deborah Frieze for class and the people across the world whose stories they tell are amazing. They are working to create resilient and self-sustaining communities throughout the world.

One of the locations selected, among cities in Mexico, India, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Brazil, and Greece, was Columbus, OH. I must say, the introduction cracked me up, because they described my hometown as “ordinary” (not that I’m criticizing—they have a point). But in this ordinary city, local leaders are starting conversations through a practice called “The Art of Hosting” which consists of a forum of small conversations between leaders and constituents alike. It creates a space for open dialogue and creativity to begin to thoroughly address social issues like homelessness and health care.

It is the openness of their discussions that allow everyone to have a voice in how the group moves forward. They all have a vision. They all have goals, and are willing to work together to meet the needs of the community.

I’m not going to say I haven’t found my calling—many issues have called my attention over the years, from protesting the war with Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) my freshman year (I found my inner-activist—who has since toned it down a bit) to working for Habitat for Humanity toward decent and affordable housing. I’m a sucker for a good cause. More than anything, I want to be able to look at my community and know that I’m helping to make a difference. I feel like my chosen career path is my best bet for reaching this goal.

In honor of the man who is the reason we did not have class Monday, and renown civil rights activist, here’s your quote for the day:

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”- Martin Luther King Jr.

So take Dr. King’s suggestion and keep the conversation going. Fill the silence with random ideas and open dialogue (my friends can tell you, I’m quite good at this).

Just something to think about.

Hope you all have a wonderful Week 3!

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