Hello again. I’ve missed you all! It’s been a wild ride all around me the last 3 months, but it’s a new year and I’m ready for a fresh start here at Taking it to The Streets.
I’m hoping to blog 5 days on week – shorter pieces, with a bit more structure. I do IT as my ‘day job’ so I love those acronyms – the one I have for the content on this blog going forth (at least for awhile) is SPICE. S – Spirituality; P – the physical realm – health, environment, our surroundings; C – Community and change (today is a ‘C’ day); E – our emotional/relational selves.
One of the reasons I’ve been MIA (there’s those TLAs again…) is because a very close friend of mine, aged 46, was abruptly diagnosed with pretty serious cancer. As these things always are, it was a shock. As she and her partner have struggled with Becky’s diagnosis and the new reality they got plunked into some of us very quickly circled around them and formed an ad hoc community of support. It has been interesting to see it organically grow. Diagnosis was October 19 and what’s evolved is:
- Facebook page to hold the community together, give updates, coordinate things
- Fund to help with expenses – credit union checking & savings and a PayPal account set up
- Calendar of who is bringing meals on what days
- Calendar of who is coming to the house to play live music on what days (Becky and her partner Annemarie are both musicians and music is a great healing space for them)
- “stuff” manifesting. A wheelchair was needed – poof! several offers, etc.
- Ongoing messages of encouragement, tips, etc.
- Visitors, cards, letters, calls
- Plans for a benefit concert to raise more money
- Tips from other cancer survivors on our list
As some of you know, one of my passions is co-housing. I love the idea of ‘ready made community’ and yet the autonomy of having my own house run in my own way (I did a tour of duty in my brother’s hippie house in my youth and I’m quite done with that concept!). A phrase from one of the old dead Greek guys (philosopher? playwright?) that co-opted in circles in which I travelled in the 70s said “an army of lovers cannot fail.”
And I’m seeing that with Becky & Annie’s Support Team. I see it at my church. A beloved community cannot fail. We are SO much stronger together than alone.
I’m hoping we see much more of this banding together as we move into these wild, turbulent times. I know it has helped me enormously to be part of the support team around my friend. We all want to make a difference, you know.
How does that manifest in YOUR life? What are the ways in which community is making a difference? How are you part of it? If you’re not, how could you create some community? I’m eager to recommence the conversation with you – jump in!