Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Through

I finally spoke to Madeleine... That inspirational, powerful, funny :) lady who started PS The Children and braved hell for the kids.

So much that she's poured out generously to me... Lots of avenues to continue on the journey to working with kids who've been sexually abused. Yes, together is better.

One of the things she said was, "Go through the therapy yourself, so you will know what it's like for the kids. Too many therapists are wounded healers." Ughs...

Friday, October 12, 2012

Purpose, not duty

"I had been driving myself because I thought the success of all my endeavors depended on me when, in fact, I should have trusted in God and relied more on His strength and His will and His timing." Nick Vujicic in Unstoppable.

I've been feeling that way about volunteer work. It made me smile to read when he said that he kept going with his motivational speaking engagements as though it was a duty rather than a purpose. I feel like that too.

Maybe it's the reminder that God, and the people around me, love ME just for me, rather than for what I do, makes all the difference.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Change Your World



This reminds me of when Gordon asked us, "What are you passionate about?" as part of our grounding before the Sponsored Power Series.

My answer, "I'm passionate about changing the world."

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

"Just a little..."

It always makes me smile, albeit grimly, to read the subtitles in A Beautiful Tragedy... The part where the doctor tries to tell Oksana, "A little... You just have to eat a little... No one is asking you to eat lots!"

I remember how friends and family used to tell me that... It feels like quite a long time ago now... Now I can eat anything! I can just look at food and tuck in!

Last week, someone bumped into me who hadn't seen me for a few months and said, "You've put on weight, eh?" I chirped, "Yes!" He bent over and said, "So time for you to lose some weight?" To which I admantly replied, "NO!"

Good grief, I've been on all kinds of medication the last few weeks because of my tummy... It's a bit of a wreck! The last thing I need is to try to be funny again!

I'm taking time out for ballet again... My bestest love in all the arts. First class back is today! It's funny to think, more than 30 years of my life have been spent, at least partly, in a pair of thights and a leotard :>

Monday, October 1, 2012

Sponsored Power Series

Whew! It was worth it to see the kids faces! They loved the SPS! One Home refused to allow the kids to leave on Sunday until after church, and the kids told me they cried when they saw the volunteer who was supposed to pick them up driving off! We had a nasty moment with the Chairman who wanted to cancel the event straightaway because the kids were making noise... Grief! Kids will be kids! He had no sympathy whatsoever, and if not for my dad, the whole event would have been cancelled! As it was, thank goodness, we could go on with the BBQ at the end of the session, though the kids were sad to not have swimming thrown in. The kids told us they're looking forward for our 6 months continuing sessions!

Really happy to see some familiar faces and know that they're gonna benefit from the workshop!


Making posters!

Small groups debrief

Coaching/ training

Workbooks!

Graduation

At the BBQ!

*sigh* But come Monday, I heard that my mom's having one of her turns again... I feel really tired today, and after dealing with all the ups and downs of e SPS, this is the last thing I feel like handling...