“What you see depends on what you are looking for.” – Jan Thrope, Inner Visions of Cleveland
In my last post, I talked about extending the right kind of invitation as part of building community – and the importance of asking about people’s gifts and assets, rather than focusing solely on their needs and problems. I shared the story of Adele from Indiana. Through conversations that invited Adele to talk about her gifts, combined with intentional acts of connecting Adele to others in the community, Adele’s cooking skills were activated in ways that not only benefited her own quality of life, but the broader community as well. I ended my post by talking about the inherent power of stories like Adele’s to create a new narrative for community based on hospitality, gifts, and connectedness, and so I issued an invitation for others to also share their experiences.
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