Thursday, September 17, 2015

New Beginnings, Familiar Place

Oftentimes it is easy to see a single space for what you know it to be. It's easy to see school as JUST school. Work as JUST work. It even becomes easy for us to see life as JUST life. My first week as a volunteer here has reminded me of just how diverse the Marist Brother's Center at Esopus is.

I've been visiting this place, a place I have called home, for about 7 to 8 years now. I felt familiar with it, with how it operates, and with all that goes on here. Having moved in last week and spending a full week volunteering here... so much new information! Whether it was finding a room that I didn't know existed or completing a task I hadn't known about, I learned a lot about this new home of mine.

The Hudson at Black Creek Preserve
Surely a lot of what I did know still stands, but I'm in for a lot of good new experiences during my yearlong volunteer experience. Even learning about the surrounding area has been a change! I got to hike at the Black Creek Preserve (literally down the road from us), and explore New Paltz and Kingston a little bit.

Retreats, meetings, camps, and spiritual activities all occur here. I'm excited to get a look at all that occurs at the Center, and all the good that comes from it.

Allow yourself the opportunity to learn something new about a space that you feel fully familiar with. Start anew in a place you've been for weeks, months, or years. You'll be surprised at what you discover. It's a new beginning in a familiar place.

Talk soon,