Will someone change the diaper?

Heard the funniest analogy that I simply cannot get out of my head. I was raising money for a project I am leading,  a new health center for our community. The meetings with philanthropists, foundations and grant applications are too many to count at this point. The need in our community swells beyond comprehension. Honestly, If you read the national news the need for access to health care is frightening. The task is to convince funders to support health care for those who have intensive need by integrating mental health, addiction, primary care and social services into a single health center.

Most funders ask your typical questions like How much? How will you sustain it? Does this approach work? What is the evidence supporting this change?

In this particular meeting, this sharp spiritual women responsible for the fund asked me,

How will you get practitioners providing care to value the importance integration of health care?” As I swallowed hard searching for the correct answer she said,

“Because you know, the only thing in life that people really like to change is diapers!”

diapersI have not or could not stop laughing since she spoke those words. The truth of those words are some I will never forget.  As we sat at the long formal board room table in our pressed shirts and suits her truth sounded in my heart. How true is this statement. Seriously why is so hard for us to grasp the need to change? Is it that we are afraid? Lazy? Is our vision so short sided we done see the possibility?

Sometimes life can feel like rereading the same page over and over a million times and still never understanding the words. Turning the page is the best feeling in the world knowing that there is so much more to the book. The story has rich experiences with many untraveled roads. The hardest part of the being stuck is the emptiness of seeing the same blank page over and over again. The challenge is having the strength in your soul to pinch your fingers together holding the page firm, not letting go for a second, flipping it over never stopping. Being present in the moment experiencing everything as full as possible on every page of the book.

The strength of turning the page, helps you press through to the other side. Read the story out loud to as many people as you as possible. Celebrate each chapter for what it brings, good or bad doesn’t really matter, it’s what you experience in the moment that really counts. Soak up the emotions on your journey and live in the moment.

When we do, suddenly it becomes your new normal, however you define that in your life.

Find peace with the change.  Nurture and feed it so it grows beyond your wildest dreams.

Published by John Chianelli, Writer

I am second. I will share my experiences, as a child of God, husband to Daniel, father, best friend, brother, son, leader, professor, writer and photographer. My intention for this blog is to be random, with no plan, no list, no direction and no expectations. Very different from how I lived my past life. My journey has been blessed by the mercy and grace of God and unwavering love. I hope you enjoy reading and sharing my experiences of hurts, laughter, discovery, friendships, Christ, and my family. Temenos is a safe circle where you can be yourself with peace of mind. Temenos originates from a Greek word which refers to a universal instinct to create a protected, safe space in which to heal, restore and regenerate yourself. My temenos circle is a place to be still and seek Jesus. It becomes my place to pray, reflect in the word of our Lord to shrink, grow in him, and heal my soul. What is your temenos circle? By: John Chianelli ©John Chianelli and Temenos Circle. 2016-2011. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog's author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided the full and clear credit is given to John Chianelli and Temenos Circle with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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