Happy birthday, Harrison.
You and the OSLIST continue to inspire me - even in my lurker role of
This year your birthday happens when many of us are still thinking,
talking, wondering and lots of other ...ings about the US election.
The memory this triggers for me is of the election night you spent at
our house in Columbus 16 years ago.
We had combined an opening of space for Diane Bennett and Action for
Children with a one day intro to OST before and after election day.
(BTW, that work with early childhood education continues to grow,
thrive, and influence others in ways we never imagined.)
Anyway, as the night got later and it was clear we were not going to
know the outcome for quite some time (hanging chads in Florida and
more mishigas). You decided to go to bed and, as you left the family
room you complained light-heartedly, "I don't know if I've been
Bush-whacked or Gored."
The last 16 years brought us challenges and opportunities none of us
imagined at that time. Many of the opportunities grew out of how our
work in particular communities (rooted in geography, professions,
faith, culture, passion, responsibility, etc.) in the context of what
was going on nationally and globally.
While I have many questions and concerns about the next 4 years in the
US and beyond, this memory reminds me that (a) we will likely make it
through whatever is to come, one way or another, and (b) that if we
live in the spirit of OST and open our hearts, spirits and minds to
one another we will find ways to open the space we need to make the
best of it... whether that space opens in planned events or
spontaneous, serendipitous moments of opportunity that occur and that
we will have made ourselves available to notice and take advantage of.
Best wishes, my friend.
ChangeWorks of the Heartland
254 South Merkle Road
Bexley, OH 43209-1801
Think globally. Act locally.
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