By Blanca Reyna, NTMN Diversity and Inclusion Committee
Nature teaches us that growth is part of the cycle of creation. All things grow, both living and non-living. Being that we are all naturalists, either experienced or novice, I don’t need to convince anyone about the fact that all living things grow.
But when it comes to non-living things, oftentimes we don’t stop to think that streams grow into rivers, sparks can grow into fires, tropical storms can grow into hurricanes – even rocks can grow! Was that last one too much of a stretch? Well, ask a geologist, see what that have to say about that.
One of the things that sets us apart among living and non-living things is that we are capable of many types of growth beyond physical. We have the capacity to grow spiritually, emotionally and intellectually. And just like with physical growth, these growths come with”growing pains” and discomfort.
The topic of the May 5th Chapter Meeting Presentation by David Buggs was certainly atypical of our chapter’s training offerings, however it was one of the prerequisites for our journey into becoming a more diverse, inclusive and equitable organization. As we begin to walk this path, it is important that we have these types of conversations and many others like this.
Without a doubt it is a daunting and formidable venture into the unknown, the unfamiliar and the uncomfortable, that will be paved with questions, curiosity and a LOT of trial and error. But remember, questions and curiosity are catalysts to exploration, which in turn leads to discovery and understanding,
Communication and education will be our compass and field guide. There is much for us to learn and unlearn. But just keep in mind that the more we know, the more we will grow and in the end we will glow because we will be proud of what we have accomplished.
The Diversity & Inclusive Task Force has been working fervently and diligently to provide resources, information and experiences in interesting and engaging ways to help our chapter navigate this journey successfully.
David Bugg’s presentation and the upcoming Together We Dine session on June 10 are just a few of those examples. And there is more to come, so stay tuned, stay curious and get comfortable with being uncomfortable.
“Uniformity is not Nature’s way; diversity is Nature’s way. Diversity creates harmony, and harmony creates beauty, balance, bounty and peace in Nature and society, in culture and agriculture.” Vandana Shiva – Environmental Activist, Food Sovereignty Advocate, Eco-Feminist and Author.
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