Tomorrow I am speaking at the Volunteer Conference hosted by the Institute for Human Services in Horseheads, NY. Yes, that is really the name of the town :-). Since the first time I heard “Horseheads” I have been trying to imagine how it came about and I must admit, I am a bit afraid to ask. But that is another story. I am so, very excited. As of an hour ago almost 100 people from non-profit organizations all over the southern tier of NY State have registered to attend the conference and, it keeps going up. Hmm… 120 anyone?).
If you are curious, as I was, check out a few of the mission statements from the various organizations being represented: mission-statements After you check it out, imagine a world where each of their missions is realized…. Wow. I can’t think of a better way to spend the day than by being surrounded by people who make a living or volunteer a major part of their lives working to make the world a better place.
I have attached the conference brochure, too. Pass it along if you know someone who might be interested. volunteer con brochure-final
I gotta pinch myself.
This blog is about life. It is about celebrating our humanity. Looking at where we are today, how we got here and what it takes to alter the direction of tomorrow. Creating new avenues that were not available or visible before. This blog is an inquiry about what it takes to bring about new cultures. It is about riding the waves of our current culture and way life without losing sight of what matters most and what is possible and then taking actions that bring what is possible into reality. This blog is about human spirit and ingenuity.
Transitions are integral to our life. From the moment we are born until the moment we die life is a series of transitions from one moment to the next. From infant to child, to adolescence, young adulthood, adulthood and old age, we transition with the years as they pass, our bodies as they age and the circumstance around us. These daily transitions, happening moment by moment, are the stuff from which new pathways can be created. There in each moment, in every transition of our life we can do the same thing we have always done, repeat our habits which may very well be a part of our cultural history, or we can do something else. We have the choice to forge new pathways, create new ways of dealing with situations or circumstances, we can create new cultures. Our access are the transitions of our life.
Our greatest teachers are our children. I am reminded of the words to the song “The Greatest Love of All” by Whitney Houston “I believe the children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way.” The adults of the world, through our words, actions and habits, teach the youth who observe them. Parents, politicians, teachers, neighbors, writers, business owners, all of us play part in the culture that our children are inheriting. As they move through life, the guidance we provide our youth can be to follow the flow of our culture and the way it has “always” been or we can teach them to observe, think about and chose new actions for themselves which forges new pathways for their life. They can be part of creating a new culture. We can teach them to think, act and speak so that they can lead the way and go beyond anything that we can imagine.