As we continue to develop Mind Space as a whole, there are always interesting conversations and discussions that take place when asked the question, “What should we tell people?” Over the years, communication has always been a priority topic where areas of improvement for the organization are discussed. Often the saying “we want to be inclusive, not intrusive” rattles around in my mind. We don’t want to bombard people with information that they may not be interested in. This often led us to not saying enough…not saying enough often leads to people naturally filling in the blanks… and that is not always a good thing.
The past four years have been an extremely interesting journey for Yuki and I. Starting Mind Space could be likened to setting out on The Appalachian hike with no idea what you were going to encounter each day, but nevertheless, being committed to the entire journey. Nature is an amazing creation that can be so unpredictable! The nature of community follows this same lack of formula it seems.
Over the past four years, the storms we’ve weathered, the critters that have scared us, the beautiful sunrises and sunsets, the glorious hills, the deep valleys; all of the natural occurrences we have seen in this community have been simply awesome to say the least. The diversity of our experiences as individuals, as a couple, as a family, and as a part of this community have widened our vision, deepened our determination, enlarged the breadth of our mission, and made us stand steadfast together in our calling.
The Road Not Taken – I took the road less traveled, and that has made all the difference!
The road less traveled is often a difficult one. The past five years have seen our marriage stretched to the point of near breaking, a miscarriage, times of being absentee parents with one of our kids falling into depression, it’s taken us to a peak of a seven figure deficit, it strained relationships with family and friends so much so that some broke. The testimony of our tears would fill a bucket.
The turning point for us was when we asked the question: What is the purpose of our pain? To what extent are we be able to take the pain before we break…
Yesterday, I had a short discussion with one of our team members who has a situation in her life that has caused her to need to leave us in the coming month and return home. As she spoke to me, she said, “This place has saved my life. Don’t stop what you are doing.” The growth and progress of the Centre that she has witnessed over the past few years, in her words, is amazing, and has impacted her life in an meaningful way.
Over the years, the definition of a truly inclusive community has continuously presented itself in different ways and widened the needs of development. It was a few years ago when we were at our lowest, most difficult time, that one of you (parents) came to us and said “Keep on going; we believe in what you are doing. We’re behind you.” It is encouragement like this that has kept our community growing from strength to strength. Encouraging us to keep on moving forward irrespective of the mistakes – to learn from them and improve so we can do better.
It reminds us that we are all students, continuously learning day by day, striving to be better… to make tomorrow a better day.
Thank you all for being a part of this journey. Your children and your family are a part of turning the IMPOSSIBLE into the POSSIBLE.