Beginning

27 Mar

I’m assuming you know who I am, as my two readers (hey Mom and Dad!), have known me for a while. If by some chance you are not my parents, thanks for stopping by! My name is Diana and I will be using this blog to write about…well, we will have to find out, won’t we? I didn’t intend to write a blog. In fact, having recently graduated from college, I was excited for a break from writing assignments. It seems though that this is writing of a different breed. This adventure has no requirements, no hovering red pens, no collegiate expectations. I am free. That being said, I will try to remain focused in the most liberal sense of the word. Here’s a little background.

I recently moved to Orange County to work as an assistant with an organization called L’Arche, an international non-profit with 137 houses for people with disabilities in over 40 countries. Each L’Arche community is home to a handful of disabled adults, called core members, and their assistants. In sharing life, all residents grow together as they explore questions of disability, vulnerability, and what it means to be human. My house is home to five core members: Mary, Matt, Connor, Stephanie, and Sarah. Now, to live with L’Arche is not to run away to Antarctica to save the polar bears from melting ice caps or to the rainforests to jump in front of bulldozers as they knock down trees. It is more simple than that. More complex maybe. More ordinary. It is sharing life. It’s going to the bookstore and looking out windows and washing dishes. It’s the ordinary moments that lead to a lifetime of meaning. It is how you can be waiting at a stoplight for three minutes and suddenly get side swiped during your first few seconds in the intersection. It is finding a dollar in your pocket, a note in your lunch box, a sunset through the fog. It is the little, ordinary moments that lead to a life of beauty. Every second that leads to years, every word that leads to paragraphs and books, every decision that leads to fulfillment.

My plan is to focus on the simple, on those everyday things that sometimes go unnoticed but are fundamental to our ability to make sense of life. There is magic behind everything, goodness within anything, and beauty in all. Thanks for reading.

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4 Responses to “Beginning”

  1. Angela Mullin March 30, 2012 at 4:50 pm #

    Diana,
    I am so very proud of the beautiful, thoughtful, kind, generous, caring young woman you have become. Your global experiences have expanded your mind, broadened your outlook. Your helping hands and heart have provided so much for so many people and in turn have given you a perspective on life that is usually acquired after years and years of experience. Your writing skills are most impressive. I am so glad I took 2 minutes out of my work emails and tasks to read your blog. You made my day, reminded me of what is so important. I too, tell Michael that even when he is in TN and missing home to look at the moon and know that I too am looking at it, missing him.
    Your core members at L’arche are so very fortunate to have you in their lives.
    You are truly doing God’s work.
    With love and admiration,
    Angela

    • diana2450 March 30, 2012 at 10:18 pm #

      Auntie Angela, it means so much to hear that from you. Really really a lot. Luckily I have been surrounded by incredible people like you all of my life who have completely supported me in all of these crazy things I want to do. I think about Michael often when I am here and how incredible your family is. Life really is about people and love it seems. Sending tons of love your way!

  2. Mary Goulet March 30, 2012 at 10:10 pm #

    Hi Diana,

    Your writing is beautiful … it makes me wish I were part of your house and all the good that you do. We all love hearing about you …. and I am one of your biggest fans. I admire you and your accomplishments and love how you listen to your heart and follow. L’Arche is indeed fortunate to have you and I know you will contribute greatly to the lives of those in your house as well as others …. what a marvelous experience. It makes me happy to know that you are there doing what you love and making a difference in the world. Thank you for sharing. Lots of Love, Mary Goulet

    • diana2450 March 30, 2012 at 10:24 pm #

      Thank you so much! I’ve definitely been lucky to have trusted my gut and to have ended up with people that have so much to teach me. If only I could get them to write blogs! I am constantly amazed by all of the simple amazements that happen in this house. This may sound weird, but I told my mom the other day that there is a woman who works with L’Arche that reminds me of you! She is a very great person, of course!

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