“Recharging our Individual and Collective Energies” was the focus of this church year that the Board of Trustees came up with at our Board Retreat last August. Actually, it was the theme that I presented to them and that they willingly went along with. I told them that to prepare for that meeting/retreat, they were to prepare by listening to Sade’s “By Your Side.” Think of Heritage Church as Sade while you listen, I instructed! It’s a love song to you! I knew back then that we were all feeling drained: physically, emotionally, intellectually, spiritually, culturally, politically, individually and as a community. Our batteries were low and needed to plug in and recharge.
I wanted for Heritage to be a positive place – positive in a supportive way offering social gatherings and uplifting messages throughout the year. This is to give us what we need now with the anticipation that the 2020 year would drain us again. These are important times, but we need to take care of each other and ourselves. Our work continues to offer support and to uplift as we take our renewed selves out into the world working to make it a better place.
Looking back, it seems that this past year has flown by. I’m checking my pulse now and unpacking how I’m feeling. Truth be told, my battery is in that treacherous red zone. It has been one event to plan and hold after another and one meeting after another and I’ve been working full time these last months as well. But this past Saturday was the last event that I was in charge of for a while and Thursday was the last day of school (so no more full time for me!). I’m ready to crash.
I know that many of you have gone through this or something like this before and know what I’m talking about. I am not bitter nor resentful – I knew that in recharging others, I was going to have to give of my own energies. I knew that I was going to give freely and thoroughly but would get the chance to recharge myself afterwards.
Afterwards is upon us. My time as Board President ends June 30th and in looking back I hope that I’ve done well. There have been so many good Presidents before me and I know that there will be great ones after me too. I was so fortunate to have wonderful folks on the Board with me. I enjoyed working with them and serving you all together.
I leave you all with a challenge: I challenge you all to be the hero that you can be.
I don’t think that you read that right. You probably read it like this: Be the hero that you CAN be! Like: Hey you! You can be a hero! But that’s not what I mean. Read it again like this: Be the hero that YOU can be. You see, you know what you can give and when and how. Whatever you can give in your current capacity is good enough. Sometimes you can step up more, but sometimes you cannot. And that is ok. Together we will be each other’s heroes and we can take turns. Sometimes we are Sade keeping others warm, and sometimes we are the ones that she is bringing home, drying our eyes, and staying by our side.
I’m going to go recharge for a while Friends, but I leave you with Sade: www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8QJmI_V3j4