It seems that my pastor and I were thinking in the same vein on 03/08/2015. He spoke about the importance of getting out of your comfort zone from a spiritual basis and allowing God’s presence to reign, flow and lead to abundance in everything that we attempt to do. He encouraged his members to expand their ways of thinking and to strive for a prosperous and spirit-filled life. His message coincided in part, with thoughts that I had about a gathering that I hosted with several women, who were invited to our first:
EVERY WOMAN NEEDS A MARGARET – (EWNAM) TEA PARTY.
They represented different age groups, faiths, socioeconomic stratus and education levels. Each women was given an opportunity to share whatever issues, concern or question was on their mind, without any provoking from me, as the facilitator of this group. After a brief exchange of pleasantries, women came out of their comfort zones and shared their thoughts and ended up with a plethora of information and a greater appreciation of other women and their cultural norms and expectations.
Their willingness to step out of their comfort zones and allow others to know them in their true sense of self, was provocative and liberating to each person in the room. I asked myself two poignant questions?
- “How would other women and men feel, if they too, could step out of their comfort zones and share their feelings in a non-hostile environment, that welcomed open and honest discussions”?
2. How would these type of discussions impact a parents’ ability to do their part to ameliorate discords of racism, sexism, homophobia and religious intolerance? How would these changes impact our schools?
HOW TO STEP OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE?
Acknowledge & include another parent in upcoming activities at your school that you would not normally speak to.
Invite him/her into your school clique and express your interest in getting to know him/her better.
Become more sensitive to your environment and to different groups of parents.
Replace fear with curiosity and a determination to learn about others, through direct contact with a person - not a classroom setting. The best way to learn about someone is to speak with them on a frequent basis.The person that you reach out to might be as anxious to be included and valued.
TAKE A CHANCE AND STEP OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE!
GET INVOLVED & ATTEND one of our parent groups.
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