It has been tough.
Be it growing pains, a sophomore slump, or any other myriad of struggles converting applicants to enrolled participants – our Fall 2014 beginning as a program has been a bit bumpy. As director of the program, I never doubted that a program would manifest this year, with exactly the “right” people – it just took us a little longer for all the right people to fall into place. My faith helped me to know that the program would be exactly what it needed to be and I believe we’ve gotten a great start.
The program looks differently than it did its first year –and the tendency would be to say “this isn’t how we usually do it”, but what is “usually” with a program that is only 1 year old and moving into its second year? There is no “usually” and that’s the spirit of beginning that I wanted to bring to our refreshed blog for the program.
We’re excited to get a new version of the residency blog started this Fall – on the first day of Fall in 2014. This year we’re trying something new – though isn’t everything new? As readers, you’ll enjoy twice-monthly writings from each of our residency participants and each month we’ll focus on a new theme. Our theme for the month of September is “Beginnings”.
What is the spirit that you bring to the beginning of something? Is it one of fear? One of hope? One of patient anticipation or quickening dread? Raised a Christian, one of my favorite verses was 2 Timothy 1:7 which read, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline” and I think that verse has impacted all of my beginnings ever since I learned it. The faith in that scripture has often allowed me to leap over that gulf of trepidation filled with fears that I (or any program or workshop that I attempt) will fail, struggle or fall flat on my face. The outcome might indeed be the complete face plant, but a fear of beginning should never be a reason for not taking the risk. Much like the germinated seed pushing through the dirt for the first time, it's seeking the experience of the brightness of the sun, believing that the risk is worth the reward.
I celebrate the residents - Ainuska, Anam, Kaytlin, Molly and Norah – for being willing to risk beginning. Beginnings can be uncomfortable, full of grace, maddening, frustrating and beautiful…but they allow for a journey to follow. I look forward to the journey.