Friday, February 20, 2009

A Smack Upside the Head

“Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you'll understand what little chance you have 
in trying to change others.” - Jacob Braude

This quote totally encapsulates the past couple of weeks for me. It came to me in a mass email 
from a woman I barely know, but how timely her message was -- the universe knew I needed 
to hear and reflect on this...lots of dimensions to this quote for me. In some ways I agree with it 
and in other ways I want to challenge it.

On a different note, fellow recruit Rad joined me for a trip to Indiana Women's prison this past 
Wednesday to see the nonprofit I work for in action. Rad, you rock - thanks for coming and offering 
to lend a hand in the future.

Tomorrow is Saturday, yoga day - and they are calling for snow. I'm hoping for a light dusting so class 
isn't cancelled (and so I can get my car out of my long rural driveway!) Yoga with the large group and then 
meeting with all the BTWG recruits really energizes me.

1 comment:

  1. Hey, Sheri; Okay, now I'm truly committed to "helping in the future!"

    If any of you want to see something good being done in our crazy world and want to spend an engaging hour that will leave you feeling really good about life's possiblities, I encourage you to check with Sherri about attending the next ICAN guest visit at the Women's Prison. They have a session once each month, I believe.

    The work that ICAN does is beneficial on two levels: first they are providing highly trained assist dogs for children and adults who's lives are truly improved by the presence of these wonderful animals; and, second, ICAN provides offenders in the prison system with a truly rehabilitating experience in training these dogs to do the good that they do. The rehabilitating effects of training and caring for the dogs is evident in the presence of the women in the program, not to mention providing each offender with the knowledge that she is making a very real and positive difference in someone else's life. That alone must be a rehabilitating and curative experience.