Thursday, November 10, 2011

You say you want a revolution?

There are innumerable ways to have an effect upon the world.

Revolution is one of them.

Care to join in a peaceful revolution?

You have skills.

The skills you possess are tremendously important, and you never know for certain how they may play a part in transforming others.

I’m here to share with you a victory by one of those inspirational people I’ve had the privilege to meet.

I believe this victory can can be emulated anywhere in our society.

Why yes.  Yes indeed!  I *am* trying to entice you into taking action.  ::grin::

One woman has inaugurated a Creative Writing Class in an emergency shelter for the clients temporarily housed in the shelter.

Totally awesome.

Let me say that again.

Totally awesome.

For nearly 2 months, Lori Kozlowski has been volunteering her time and skill to facilitate a creative writing class every Wednesday evening as part of Ascencia’s Wellness Wednesday.

A solid, though small, core of attendees has responded to this class.  That the group is small in size (it vacillates between 3 and 5 adults each week) is reasonable given the residency of the shelter is 40 people, and a good part of that is children with their adults at the moment.

The ultimate effect this will have is not predictable.  Yet the simple joy and feelings of accomplishment for those taking part in this class series is, in my thoroughly unhumble and wildly enthusiastic opinion beyond AWESOME!

You can have an effect on the world.  No matter what your cause is.  You all know one of my causes is homelessness, of course, much of what I express deals with that.  Do not let that deter you.  It makes no difference what your cause is.

Your skills can be volunteered.  Whether it’s on a one-to-one basis; or on a group basis, what you know can change the world of someone.

Intrigued?  Let’s dialogue on it, eh?

If you’re not certain how to use your talents to volunteer or make a difference, confab with me here in comments, I’m a highly creative little git, we can brainstorm until an idea takes flight for you.

Join the revolution, use your talents.

This class would not have happened without these people and places -- so from me, personally to everyone involved ... my extreme thanks.

Thanks in huge amounts to Lori Kozlowski, for her time, patience and talent.

Thanks in huge amounts to Ascencia for being a leading agency in transforming the homeless arena.

Thanks in huge amounts to Christina Hanna for championing this workshop and putting in her own time and energy to make it come to fruition.

Thanks in huge amounts to Mark Horvath (founder of and for being the street warrior of awareness and friend that he is and for introducing me to Lori.

Thanks in huge amounts to Keris Jan Myrick (and for being avant garde in encouraging others to recognize their abilities and worth.

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