Youth Unlimited GTA is an incredibly diverse organization. Sometimes, I can feel like my work with LAUNCH doesn't fit in with the rest of the programs.
Let me explain...
We are swinging back around to that bit in chapter 4, dipping my toe back into the acting pool because its still what I'm made for. Or at the very least, I have to know if I can do this. I'm certain I won't become famous, rich, or win awards from acting. But I'm trying it out an that is the victory in this part of the journey.
The relevant details are up for grabs and the storyteller has the opportunity to choose only what matters most with the responsibility to tell about the best parts.
We need each other. We need to learn from each other. We desperately need to not base our lives off some subtle tendency to compete in every little way. Whether you're parenting small kids - or big kids for that matter - or you're starting a business or getting married or buying a house or creating art or feeding others or any number of other noble efforts you might be up to today, you're new at it, and so are we.
Your entire life story can be narrowed down to whether you say 'yes' or 'no'.
Every day, every conversation, every meal, every game you play, each picture you post, they all require you to say yes to something and no to something else.
I love it when people say yes, because that means you are opening a door to a new experience...
I'm so passionate about the idea of SHARING these days, I'm seeing how it is affecting my life and those around me and I felt like I just had to talk about it a bit more. This time, in a kitchen, setting up for a meal...
After 6 months of support-raising and learning a new organization and meeting new people and dabbling in speaking on behalf of LAUNCH, this was the moment I knew I am exactly where I am meant to be.
When I was speaking at an High School Event not long ago, one of the students got up at the end and in front of the room said, "My name is Shane, and I want to say thanks! Your talk today got me excited about my future."
WHAT!? Pardon me? I did what now? My words affected you how?
The best thing you can do as a Youth Worker is to understand what is in your hand and focus on growing and leading well in that area.
Moses was a shepherd, that's why he had a staff in his hand, that's why when he asked about how he was going to do what God wanted the response was, "WHAT'S IN YOUR HAND?" In other words, "MOSES! Don't you know who you are and what you're made to do?"
Too often, I choose not to have fun with them because I think it will take too much energy. But, when I do engage, I laugh, I create stories and games, and often end up actually getting some much-needed exercise. So, while having fun does require energy, here's three things it gives us that make the tiredness completely worth pushing through:
As inspired by Emily Freeman, I thought I would share 10 things I've learned this month. This month wasn't about me, it was about us. So, with that in mind there will be a lot of family values type of lessons I learned this month, and some other mostly random things.