This week has been a whirlwind of meeting new young people, diving into deep discussions with seniors, and quickly learning new computer skills to get the online course ready to go for the students. Needless to say, it’s been busy over here and wonderful in all its busy-ness.
First, our team of Teaching Assistants, Mentors and Peer Leaders for this year’s course are simply delightful. Their positive and infectious energy reminds me how important it is to enjoy the moments when we encounter new people. They have all thrown themselves into the program and bonded through laughter, serious discussion of difficulty in each of their lives, and music. While they are all connected through their association to Trinity and the Leadership Lab course, their connection runs deeper. They are all individuals who are willing to be vulnerable with others- they value the strength of vulnerability in themselves and in turn that same strength in others. Furthermore, these young people have the emotional and social maturity to recognize how this vulnerability is essential in making real bonds with other people and creating a healthy and thriving community.
So often we allow our challenging experiences and the manic pace of life in cities like Toronto to halt our engagement with others. With Trinity, though, I am encountering people of all ages and life stages who have equal appreciation for creating community through a sharing of our authentic selves- all the good, the bad, and the ugly.
So, here I sit playing the fly on the wall as our circle of leaders and retired educators share experiences of “transitions”, opening up and trusting in the strength of one another to take on – with love and respect- their fears, challenges, and joys. What a unique and priviledged position I’m in- I get to be the audience to a community coming into being.