“Does anyone in your family struggle with chemical dependency?” he asked me. I shook my head no. “Really?” he said with surprise. “No one?” I had to think, because I felt I had given the wrong answer. “How about your friends? Colleagues? The people you interact with on a regular basis?”
Well now, he was casting the net a little wider and made me think. I recently learned of someone in a ministry role who struggled with alcoholism … someone you wouldn’t “think” would have issues with alcohol.
"I’m sorry you feel bad. How can I help?” “It isn’t your fault.” “It’s an illness that can happen to anyone.”
Perhaps you’ve heard the saying, “Be kind to all, for everyone you meet carries a burden.” While many of us may feel occasionally overwhelmed or frustrated, for those living with a mental health condition, the struggle may be more difficult than you realize.
At one time, Mower Refreshed was merely an idea. A what if, a maybe. Could it be sustainable? Would the community support it? We couldn’t know without trying, so the seed for a grass roots initiative was planted. It has grown and flourished in our community over the years, cultivated and nurtured by the efforts of many, but most memorably by the face of one.
But what if you live in a one zip code town? Even though a community may share the same zip code there are likely “those areas” of town that are less desirable to live in. The reality is that many don’t have the option to decide what area of town they can afford to live in, where they will raise their families, where their children will play outside.
An outdoor yoga class, people biking, families walking together, folks carrying water bottles with them, fresh fruit or veggies at a work meeting, intentional kindness to people who pass us in the grocery store or a parking lot…these are examples of creating positive community norms. They give us a picture, examples of what is valued and how people behave in a community (town/workplace/ family) …what the norm is…how we do life and work…how we do relationships. It has the power to influence how healthy a community is.
re – a prefix, occurring originally in loanwords from Latin, used with the meaning “again” or “again and again” to indicate repetition, or with the meaning “back” or “backward” to indicate withdrawal or backward motion: regenerate; refurbish; retype; retrace; revert.
At the beginning of every year, it’s common to hear people consider what they want to restart, redo, recover, reconsider in relation to their well-being. Organizations or teams within an organization that want to remain relevant are wise to pause long enough to reflect on what has been accomplished (hopefully celebrate with their team) and possibly reevaluate what next steps need to be based on the past year.
Collaboration is a term tossed around community tables and within organizations with ease, because at the root, we know it’s the right thing to do…and if we are dealing with limited resources it may desperation to survive that forces you to the table initially, but it’s the collective impact that keeps you there. Could we impact with greater strength if we explore what collaboration in the form of collective impact looks like, feels like, and offers communities who dare to go beyond collaboration?
We naturally respond to yes with more energy than no. Anyone who has raised kids or takes the time to recall the begging behavior they probably took part in knows the routine of bouncing from parent to parent to get a yes… either from misrepresentation of a parent by the child or pure exhaustion on the part of the parent!
Tis the season for giving. Seeking out the perfect gift for those we care for and enjoying the gifts we receive have become a significant focus for this time of the year. The anticipation of giving and receiving fuels joy and at times stress. Lack of time, finances and creativity can damper the holiday cheer.
Mower Refreshedand the community engagement it is built upon have received many gifts of time, talent and energy in the past year.
Rarely is change tidy...it’s more like the jumble of coins in our purse or pocket and can especially feel chaotic when change first is introduced. Changes in the workplace are constant in order to keep pace with the demands, to keep competitive and make a profit. Changes in our health, income, family systems and maybe our favorite cereal box front, nudges us to reconsider how we think and how we deal with change.
ENGAGING in efforts making healthy choices easier in Mower County EQUIPPING communities to grow sustainable wellness solutions EMPOWERING people to create a culture of wellness where they live, work, play and learn