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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