By Gary Hibbs
As I write this, I am still basking in the afterglow of our wonderful Riderwood celebration of the 90th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. last month. Spearheaded by yet another resident and staff joint effort, and headed by resident Jacinta Marshall, there was an intentional focus on having our younger students lead the celebration through interpretive dance, song, and the spoken word. Dr. King was a champion of the young and the future, as we know. And what a job they did in bringing hope for the future through their talents! It was a vibrant celebration, one I’m sure would have made Dr. King proud.
Knowing that I like quotes, a resident recently sent me an email that contained a quote of Dr. King, which I want to share here. I think it has a lot to do with the spirit of Riderwood, and how we “create community.” He said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
I really appreciated receiving this and having the opportunity to dwell on it. At a recent town hall, a resident was lamenting the fact that she was counseled by someone who said, “If you want to get along at Riderwood, don’t talk about politics and religion.” In other words, don’t talk about your worldview, ideas and things that matter. This made the resident sad. I couldn’t agree more.
To really have a community, we should engage in these things that matter, even if we sharply disagree. The caveat, of course, is to do it in a civil way! Let’s create an engaging community where, as resident Levern Allen always says, we are present and listening. And, we each might even, through listening and being present, actually grow and learn something. This is living! See you around Riderwood.