Sharing My World – Week 43

screenshot_345Here is my contribution to Share Your World for this week.  (Scroll to the bottom for more info on SYW.)

What is your favorite time of day?

The hour before dawn.  The air is clear and clean.  The world is quiet.  I can think, relax and reflect.

What’s your favorite charitable cause and why?

The Dougy Center for Grieving Children and Families.  I’ve been facilitating grief support groups for children ages 5 through 12, teenagers and grownups for over five years.  it is the most rewarding volunteer work I have ever done.  Over 650 grieving children and adult family members find comfort, support and healing each month. In addition to our work here in the Portland, Oregon area, we send trainers all over the globe to teach other organizations how to start similar groups in their own communities.

How do you like to spend a rainy day?

Sitting with my feet up, a cat purring in my lap, and a book in my hand.

When writing by hand do you prefer to use a pencil or pen?screenshot_344

I prefer to never write by hand.  That’s why I have an iPad.  Typing is much more efficient and easier for me.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Last week seems like a month ago already.  I can’t believe that tomorrow is Halloween and then we’re into the whole Thanksgiving – Christmas – New Year’s cycle.  Wow!

I am grateful for the incredible outpouring of affection and support from my colleagues at The Dougy Center.  I had to quit doing one of the two support groups I participate in because of the demands of transitioning to a new job, school and helping my teacher write a book.  Next year, though, I would like to start participating in Pathways, a new program The Dougy Center is starting for families with a life-shortening illness.

Working with grieving families all these years has changed me into a patient, accepting, compassionate person, who is an active and non-judgmental listener.  The skills I’ve learned during my years with The Dougy Center, and the way they’ve been reinforced through working with my families, have contributed so much richness to my life.

The bonus question that Cee presents each week comes from The Dougy Center.  We ask it of each participant at the end of every meeting because people who are working their way through grief tend to not see the good that happens in their lives while they are living in pain.  We ask them what they are looking forward to, no matter how trivial it might seem, to promote the idea that healing does happen.

What am I looking forward to?  More of the same.

Share Your World info and link:  Share Your World is a weekly challenge hosted by my spouse, Cee, at her photography blog. She started Share Your World years ago when she was running a number of challenges on a photography site similar to WordPress.  The majority of photographers are introverts, and they needed a way to get to know each other.  You don’t have to be a photographer to participate, though.  Grab the questions and give us your answers.

Hi.  I’m Chris.  I’m an introvert.  All of my postings tend to reflect my introvert world in some way or another.  Join me and like minded introverts for a special slant on the world.

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