discovering ubuntu…increasing collective wellbeing

We’re passionate about life, excited about possibilities, and joyful about opportunities at Building Community Capacity. We embrace change that creates positive outcomes. We welcome collaboration and partnerships that increase access to information and resources for children, families, and communities, empowering them to remove limitations imposed by poverty and disenfranchisement. We believe in the power of sharing and leveraging resources. We create synergy when we add our time, talents, and treasures to projects and initiatives that increase collective well-being. We are committed and determined to be part of the solution and create a better world for everyone.

Our work requires that we know our strengths and understand our limitations because no one is an island. We need each other to get the job done. No project is too small, no initiative is too big when we come together and discuss the roots of the problems and share ideas about solutions. When we roll up our sleeves and get to work, we’ll discover ubuntu, an African word meaning…we are our sisters and brothers. It’s in all our best interests when we resolve societal issues because what negatively impacts you will adversely affect me. When we rely less on individualism, we’ll find that we can increase our collective well-being because ultimately, we’re all in this together. It’s all about ubuntu. It’s about our ability to be compassionate with each other.

making progress is a process…

I remember learning about the tortoise and the hare. There’s a strategy for success in this fable. It’s involves learning how to be a marathon runner. You must be in it for the long haul. Pace yourself. Remember: Good things come to those who wait. Be patient because it really is a virtue, a strength. Remember: Slow and steady wins the race. Making pogress is a process.

Here’s the why –> The Tortoise and The Hare

This is one of my favorite songs for the times I have to dig deeper and remember: Nothing is Impossible. We must find the strength and energy to keep plugging along. It’s required when you want to make progress. We need creativity to get to the finish line. Sometimes, we’ll have to try different ways of doing things. Sometimes, we must break the mold and create new ways. Coming up with great ideas is not a cookie cutter experience. Innovation is a choice. Be willing to be different.

Be committed to making incremental progress; take it step-by-step. Learn about best practices. Be willing to achieve a standard of excellence. Take breaks when you’re tired. We need rest and time to recharge our batteries. We must practice self-care when we’re creating. It’s not easy. Believe in what you started. Know that you can finish. Making progress is a process. Be a tortoise and stay the course.

More information about Smokie Norful and his amazing work is available at http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryid=4803