Updated: Feb 17
I am so proud of my community.
I am so proud to be a member of this community.
I am so proud to be from this community.
I understand that we are all walking on our own paths in this life. Each one of us make choices and decisions that guide us in one direction or the other.
At the same time, it is a direct result of this human collective that we are able to create things of innate nature that may have been constructed elsewhere, but never as intelligibly distinct. We are all the refined reflections of ourselves within this collective and it is through this lens that we can truly create.
And, I am truly honored and grateful for the opportunity to expand my community, to enter a community space with like-minded individuals, and to bring awareness to something that is very near and dear to my heart: cancer, but more specifically breast cancer.
This disease hits home for me, just like so many of you out there. We all either know someone or know someone who knows someone who has or has had breast cancer. So, when I was asked to be a part of this fundraising event, the answer was a resounding YES!
Cancer knows no race, religion, creed, or sexual orientation. It can turn people’s lives upside down in an instant, and as time goes by, they may
feel like they are all alone with no way out and nowhere to turn. And that’s where Ride 2 Survive comes into play. It’s a foundation that helps the residents of Sullivan County who are battling breast cancer with the funding and transportation to get to and from their doctors appointments.
Listen, we all need help at some point in our lives, whether it’s an extended hand, a nice long hug, a smile, or even the words, “I’ll be there”. And, on this day, I was asked to help by opening up the event with a grounding meditation bringing everyone into the present moment.
To be completely honest, it may have looked like I was the one helping from the outside looking in, but it was all the eyes looking back at me, all the energy I could feel permeating the space, the love being transferred between souls that helped me in those moments.
That’s what community is all about. The sharing of energy, the sharing of love, the sharing of hardships and struggles, and at the same time, the ability to see and understand perspectives that are not your own. It’s really a beautiful and amazing thing to see, feel, hear, and experience.
And this event, with many more to follow, showed me how amazing this community is and that’s because of the people that not only choose to live here, but choose to make it a better place one day at at time.