Throughout human history, what has created community and provided the structures that build into friendship and intimacy is shared work. We have lost sight of this fact in our highly technological and automated world, and it is rare that we find ourselves at work with people of all ages, side by side moving gravel or tilling fields. Our Positive Change Memorial Courtyard is offering us this opportunity to work and build community and it continues to surprise me by how much I receive from the experience of giving.
Earlier this week, Gregg, one of the student government students messaged me that his class needed a work project and asked if they could participate ours planned for Memorial Day. One of my maxims is to never turn away willing workers. Plus, being together in our own Memorial courtyard project seemed natural and right today. I sent out several texts and emails asking for more help, but I am never really sure who will come or what we will be able to accomplish. It doesn’t work for my expectations to lead. The courtyard project is teaching me over and over again that it is all about being open to whatever comes and leading with gratitude for any and every effort.