Rising Up

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Family Resources’  SafePath program held a luncheon yesterday to support its sexual violence survivor resources. It was a moving event.

Sexual violence causes change in its survivors and victims. Unwanted and undeserved change. Kelly McReynolds delivered the keynote address, titled “Learning to Live Again: A story of rebuilding after rape”. Her story is heartbreaking. Her healing is inspirational.

Every woman and man deserves a life free of violence. To stand with a survivor, say: I’m sorry that happened to you. It’s not your fault. I believe you. You are not alone. To seek help, call the SafePath crisis line at 866-921-3354.

You can learn more about SafePath at www.famres.org.

A Thought on Change

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Change of one sort or another is the essence of life, so there will always be the loneliness and insecurity that come with change. When we refuse to accept that loneliness and insecurity are part of life, when we refuse to accept that they are the price of change, we close the door on many possibilities for ourselves; our lives become lessened…. Life evolves; change is constant.


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Change: a 31 Days series

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Change is a 31 Days series. Our hope is that throughout October, we will share thoughts on change.

Change affects each of us. In this series, we’ll share some of our thoughts on change, as well as some thoughts of others.

We hope you will join us this month. Read along, but also share with us how YOU have been inspired, affected, or changed by change.

You can bookmark this post to easily find the entire series. Thanks for joining us!

Day 1 – Welcome to Change: a 31 Days series
Day 2 – Change Defined
Day 3- A Thought on Change
Day 4- Life is about change
Day 5- 29 Days
Day 6- Change with Motherloss
Day 7- Change is a part of parenting
Day 8- Rising Up
Day 9- Becoming Home
Day 10- Changemakers
Day 15- Passionate Change
Day 27- Walking through change

To read more about this writing challenge, and to find other series to read, go to write31days.com.

 

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Join Us!

The Legacy Project will hold a fundraiser at Chipotle in Davenport on Tuesday, November 1. Stop in at Chipotle between 4-8 pm on the 1st, mention The Legacy Project fundraiser, and 50% of the proceeds goes to The Legacy Project.

In other words, you can make a difference in the life of a Quad Cities motherless girl by eating a burrito. Pretty cool stuff.

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The Gifts

I love photography. There’s something to be said for capturing moments on film. Precious moments of our families, and memories we’ve made together. And as much as I love photographing the people in my life, I especially love nature photography. What I’m reminded of when I shoot nature is just how precious it is and how often times we take it for granted.

The dew on delicate daisy petals.

The sea of intricate purple lupine.

The majestic eagle soaring overhead.

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So while capturing the beauty through a lens is awe-inspiring, so is the quiet serenity that comes from just being in nature – slowing down and enjoying the gifts.

Dewitt Jones, a talented photographer who spent 20 years with National Geographic, uses the phrase, “Celebrate what’s right with the world” when he snaps his photographs. The images he sees through the camera inspire him to do just that.

While I am still motivated to try to create beautiful images of nature, I can allow myself to enjoy the total beauty of the experience. There is a profound spiritual awakening to be enjoyed beyond the realm of f-stops, shutter speed, depth of field, and exposure compensation.

Slow down. Enjoy the gifts.