Stepping out of Our Comfort Zones

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People get attached to spaces and places.  One Sunday in church, as the sermon started, we were all asked to get up and move around to the other side of the church. We all did, and felt uncomfortable doing so. This was an integral part of the sermon. Little things like where you sit in church become a habit.  Habits are a part of all of our lives. We all enjoy places that are are familiar with, and we all like an amount of certainty and predictability.

Despite our comfort levels, life asks us to look at places differently. We can do that at KenCrest. We did that at Rivercrest.  We had the space originally to provide sunshine and hope for children whose parents had TB…it moved on to be people with developmental disabilities…and then we stepped back and had to rethink if this space was the right fit for the people we supported.  We decided we could offer people better choices and better opportunities if we moved out. When we left Rivercrest, not only did it benefit the people we support but it also allowed us to create an innovation fund. This fund enables our staff to continue to ask how and what we can be doing better. We have every reason to be proud of the choices made in our history, and to be inspired with the great opportunities to try new ideas as we move forward.

Most (if not all) of our vans now have back-up cameras, which enhance our perception of the space around us.  Soon, the shovel will hit the ground to build two new homes which will replace the large Gwynedd site.  This week, there was a another walk through at Yellow Springs to see if there are space changes that can enhance the quality of what we do there.    We all get comfortable in our spaces. And then we create something new, something even better and celebrate.

By the way, when the sermon ended, we almost knocked each other over to get back to the other side.  But I will say, that as time moved on, I did change my seat and am no longer glued to one spot!

I think I need a little practice so I don’t get too set in my ways.

May 19th, 2016 Uncategorized
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