Our lives aren’t meant to be a train ride where we get on and wait to be let off again. It’s as you suggest, life’s meant to be like driving a car, and we navigate our way. Sometimes we get lost, and that’s when we need to course-correct.
John, I should start with the earliest thing I remember you saying to me before I worked for you. “Dan, I’m trying so hard to like you, but you aren’t making it easy for me!”
When you work in one specific field for as long as I have, you tend to meet a long list of people who come back into your life from time to time. I guess that’s true for all walks of life; still, It always surprises me how many people keep crossing my path from years…
Nathan and I both joined a Christian youth work charity who trained young people and prepared them for youth work in the West Midlands. From there we were all split into teams and sent across the country. Nathan and I lucked out big time initially, but we were placed in such an isolated location that our success became inextricably linked with the support we were receiving. I received a lot of support, and Nathan… not so much.
You have no idea what’s around the corner. Could be something fantastic, and yes, it could be unimaginable pain. But there is only one way to find out.
Jenni, let’s assume that our colleagues and people we serve are reading this conversation between us. What do you find the main challenges are in the lives of youth workers? Is it the workload? A lack of understanding of Interpersonal relationships? Is the that they’re ill-equipped? What’s going on?
I’ll never forget the rush of adrenalin I felt when I ran my finger through the icing on a cake my Mum had made and planned to sell. I can’t have been more than eight, and my Mum was doing a great deal of catering at the time. On this particular day, she’d made something…
The truth is that our investment of time and resources have a magnetic pull on our heartstrings. It would be impossible to spend time and money on something and not develop real emotions about it.
The truth is that we need to move at a pace, which complements and celebrates the world swirling around us. Like with my garden, if all I can manage is the occasional ‘cull,’ I’ll never understand the depth of delight I can find through connecting fully with it. The same is true for every other aspect of life.
There aren’t many situations I can think of when someone experienced restoration without first feeling broken. In a recent blog post, I talked about the feeling of brokenness, and I think this post perfectly partners it. You see, recently I had to rebuild my bench after it fell apart. It served us well for two years as a bench, but the rain, snow, wind and sun had taken its toll so much that one sad day it just gave up. The truth though, is that even chipped, snapped, sun-damaged and cast to the side, it still really wasn’t that broken. It just needed some love and a bit of renewal.