Making things possible ....
My parents have been great sources of support over the many years of our work for The Council. We benefit from their generosity regarding rent and their precious, precious time.
In the early years, Dad would come in and help answer phones or whatever else was needed to keep the doors open (a favourite family story-"legend" from early on was when we had forgotten to tell him how to work the office fax machine. Something had to go out while we away so he was coached by the recipient, receiving a gentle follow-up call to ask that he repeat the faxing but that this time, to turn the paper over so that more than a blank page was received).
Pretty much any Council mailing was prepared by them at their kitchen table ... in one of the early years, we spent the entire Christmas holidays, overlabeling a newsletter article to fix the mistake of a company who wouldn't own up to their responsibilities ... and the list goes on and on.
No different than the rest of the folks in this still-young "industry" (I hate using this word in the context of composting as it connotes big bucks and massive capital strength ... something that just is not the case for most who are involved). I see their families at events, helping to make things looker bigger than they probably are, being of support when courage (and probably another source of income) are needed.
And that is what is making our world grow. That "all hands on deck", "give it your best" to keep things possible.
Both my parents also clip articles from their reading materials that help keep us on the alert for things that otherwise might be missed ... where Dad's clips are precise cuttings, my Mom has more of a "rip and tear" style; both get me the results that are needed.
The other difference between their styles is that I often find little clips from the horoscope section of the paper from my Mom ... one of her ways to keep the inspiration going.
I came across some this morning ... no date on the clips but they were in a pile of papers that needed to find their recycling destiny. Regardless of their age and "sign", they are boost for the many yesterdays as well as today's momentum and serve as ageless kicks to keep focused on our composting tomorrows....
In no particular order, here they are ....
"A caterpillar, as it rests in the comfort of its cocoon, is probably not cognizant that a metamorphosis awaits. Your situation is similar. It's impossible to see beyond your dilemna, yet a moment of deliverance awaits."
"Some people give up on their dreams at the slightest sign of resistance, but it would be wrong for you to lose hope. Your situation will improve."
"Something that was meant to be quite simple has now turned rather complicated. It will take a little longer than you thought to achieve your expectations, but it remains the quickest route to your destination."