Our community has just recently gotten into doing puzzles together when we have spare time. Currently, our sitting room is covered in 2000 pieces of a Boston puzzle. Some pieces are randomly strewn on the coffee table while others are placed in piles on the floor according to color. The puzzle itself is spread on the floor, waiting to be figured out. Challenging to walk through the room, but it is so much fun to work on together. There is such rush when we connect two pieces together that makes me so happy every time it happens.
Working on the puzzle one night last week, it got me thinking about our sites and how a lot of what we do is very similar to fitting puzzle pieces together. While we are all working at separate placements, we all take pieces of each other’s compassion and determination to serve others to our sites. We fit together our strengths and weaknesses to become the best people we can be for our organizations. When we come home, we are able to fit together our days to share experiences and help each other grow. Honestly, that is probably my favorite part of my day, coming home and hearing how everyone’s day was. Even hearing that someone did not have the best day still gives me the ability to pull nuggets of wisdom from how they acted throughout the hard parts of their days.
I serve at Community Connections of Brockton, The Family Center. And if there is one thing I have learned in the three months of my serving there, it is that it takes more than one person to serve a community and keep an organization like The Family Center functional. Everyone has to be able to share when they learn about new resources so that others can help other clients. It takes multitudes of organizations collaborating to make a difference in people’s lives.
It being so close to Thanksgiving and us having an early community-giving dinner, I’m going to have one obligatory “what I am grateful for” moment. And that would be the fact that we are a community willing to share our experiences and learn from bad days as well as good days.
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!