Recently, I have been thinking a great deal about transitions. This is probably due to having a son that is a senior in high school, a daughter in her last year of elementary school, and another daughter that just moved into an apartment. We all grow up, move on, make choices, and hopefully head off in the right direction.
The Hanzon Foundation is also at a point of transition. We were born out of long conversations and many meetings, we have raised money, created projects, promoted events and, on September 12th, held our first Board meeting. It feels good to be at this point and to realize that we really are an actual organization. It is like we just got our driver’s license and we can decide where we want to go and how fast we want to get there. With this reality comes the excitement of making decisions and seeing what the future holds. Transitions should mean something, they should change who you are, push you out of your comfort zone, and into new territory.
Many of you may have attended Broken Bone Bathtub, hosted by The Enchantment Society and in the same building where our recent Board meeting was held. We discussed the show at the Board meeting – some had seen it and some were planning to see it – and we shared our thoughts, expectations, apprehensions, and encouraged one another to step out of the all comforting comfort zone. It is funny in life how events collide, how you are sometimes given exactly what you need when you didn’t even know you needed it. Broken Bone Bathtub feels like that. Siobhan O’Loughlin’s performance challenges us but in an environment that is comforting, warm, bubbly, beautiful, reflective, changing, evolving, and vulnerable. Her openness and humor allow us to reveal ourselves and learn about others. “When was the last time you held someone’s hand?” “Have you ever cried in public?” “Who do you count on or call when you are in need?” Just a few of the questions she asks her audience from her mounds of bubbles.
As I sit here, leaves are falling from the trees and another transition is occurring. We at The Hanzon Foundation are planning our next steps, breaking out of our comfort zone, and reflecting carefully on where we have been and where we hope to go.
And we have a bit of good news! Check out the link below to learn more about the status of Evolution of the Ball.
Director of The Hanzon Foundation