I try to learn something new every day, whether it’s something about myself, a friend, an activity or event going on in the community, and other things. Learning makes me open to new experiences; experiences that may not be available otherwise. Public Allies defines “continuous learning” in relation to its 5 core standards as, “The ability to question assumptions and beliefs, understand strengths and shortcomings, and commit to continued growth within a community context.”
Here at Mustard Seed, I am learning to be more aware of my surroundings, my community, and of the social problems that Central Floridians face on a daily basis. When I lived in Milwaukee, I was never exposed to homelessness issues, nor did I personally know anyone who was considered homeless. My family and I always lived within our means, and we were happy. I never questioned the issue of homelessness until now. Why are some people homeless? How do homeless individuals survive their daily ordeals? What is their story?
I am grateful for being exposed to the issue now, as it has proven to be a great eye-opener for me. I feel that I have grown and am able to be sympathetic toward homelessness issues. I see individuals every day who are bouncing back from homelessness, domestic abuse situations, and personal, physical, and natural tragedies. These exposures make me want to become a better leader because I know I can make a difference in alleviating homelessness. Both Mustard Seed and Public Allies have opened new avenues for me to continue my work and personal dedication to civic development.
To you, my reader, I ask of you this – Are you doing anything to help homelessness? If not, how can you help in your own way?
Consider This – The next time you’re at the grocery store, buy a few extra things to make care packages. Pack a water bottle, socks, gloves, non-perishable food items, hygiene products, Chapstick, other small items, and even an encouraging note in a waterproof bag to give out to a homeless individual on the street.
Thanks, readers, and I’ll see you around! Any insight that you have (and able to give) will be greatly appreciated
“Never let formal education get in the way of your learning.” – Mark Twain