Tea and Sympathy

Good things take time. Whether you're brewing a cup of your favorite tea or battling bureaucracy, patience is not just a virtue- it's a necessity. Adults with developmental disabilities are often asked to be patient while waiting for paperwork to be processed, for funding to come through, for services to be approved. They quickly become well-versed in waiting.

The next time you feel yourself growing impatient, consider this... Growing a tea plant from seed can take up to three years, before the leaves are ready for the first harvest. Tea fields, like the ones found in the Moc Chau hills, shown here, are often terraced to decrease erosion and make farming methods more effective. Following harvest, the tea is dried and processed. This, too, takes time. 

Each cup of tea represents an imaginary voyage.
— Catherine Douzel

Tea travels to your mug from all over the world. Herbal and fruit teas are a nice alternative to the classic black tea. Still want a little kick of caffeine? Try green tea- it's loaded with antioxidants, and has less caffeine than black tea. There are many health benefits to drinking green tea; studies have shown it can improve brain function, increase fat burning and improve physical performance.

There is a great deal of poetry and fine sentiment in a chest of tea.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

My own informal research suggests that conversation over a cup of tea is a great way to connect with someone. There is a certain calmness that accompanies the ritual of brewing, serving and sipping your favorite blend. Taking a moment to fix a cuppa at home helps me start my morning right, and it's a great way to unwind at the end of the day.

Tea is the elixir of life.
— Lao Tzu

Whether you're sipping a spicy chai in your favorite tea shop or snuggling up at home with a good book and a mug of chamomile, taking the time to do something small for yourself is important. Good self-care is one of the keys to living a well-balanced life. Pausing for a moment to make a cup of tea is a tasty way to take a break from your daily cares- meditation in a mug!

Brewing Inspiration Daily,

Molly J. Anderson

Program Director

Transcendence and Transformation

We all struggle; we all feel pain. This is a universal truth; an unavoidable part of the human experience. We all have days when we wake up wondering how we can possibly face the day ahead. Is there anything to be learned from our struggles? Is there a way to re-frame pain and suffering in our minds, so that we may take something positive from the experience? 

Behind every beautiful thing, there’s been some kind of pain.
— Bob Dylan

Transcending pain has often been on my mind in these past weeks. Coming to terms with a disability, a serious injury, or a life-changing illness puts life into perspective. The truly important things start to become clear; everything else falls away. Your priorities shift. You make room for the pain, and find that you are stronger than you ever dared imagine. 

Beautiful are those whose brokenness gives birth to transformation and wisdom.
— John Green

When facing life's challenges, the smallest things become critical. A smile, a helping hand, a quick phone call from a friend... these things matter. They matter so much. A scribbled note, a handmade card, or a text full of cheerful emojis will brighten someone's day- it only takes a moment. A bouquet of flowers, a kind word, or a cup of coffee with a friend can be a lifeline to someone who is hurting.

Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.
— Joseph Campbell

Meditation can be a wonderful way to calm the mind in the face of despair. Listening to soft music, chanting a mantra, or focusing on your breathing can help you stay in a meditative state if you have trouble at first. It can be difficult to clear your mind of thoughts and just be present in your body; we so rarely do this in our daily lives that most people need a little practice.

No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.
— Hal Borland

Becoming more mindful of our bodies leads to greater compassion for ourselves; from there, it is a short journey to feeling empathy for others. Through regular meditation, we develop a higher awareness of the physical body; we begin to see the lessons hidden beneath the pain.

And all the colors I am inside have not been invented yet.
— Shel Silverstein

My darkest days have taught me so much. Pain is truly a masterful teacher; I am a better person for all the struggles and challenges I have faced. I'm grateful for the many blessings in my life, and humbled by the love and support of family, friends and loved ones. I am more compassionate; I have more empathy for others than ever before. This allows me to better serve our community, and connect with those who need help on a more personal level. When I can transcend my own pain, I know that my strength can inspire others.

Together, we can dream a brighter future.

Dream Until Your Dream Comes True,

Molly J. Anderson

Program Director

A Common Thread

What brings us together? How can we find a common thread, allowing us to understand and have compassion for others? My work here will attempt to bridge the gap between people with disabilities and their communities.

Physical, intellectual, emotional and developmental challenges can make it difficult for people with disabilities to connect with their community in meaningful ways. As a result, they are sometimes treated like second-class citizens, and their needs, concerns and opinions are ignored or shunted aside. At New Genesis, it is our duty to ensure that everyone has a voice.

We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value, no matter what their color.
— Maya Angelou

Our work is especially important now, more than ever before. We provide services that allow people with disabilities to live richer, more fulfilling lives, increase their independence, and achieve their goals. Funding cuts, political opposition, and other challenges must be faced with courage and resourcefulness.

Together, we can make a difference. One thread, alone, cannot withstand much force before it snaps. Woven together with other threads, it can create something entirely new- strong, enduring, and even beautiful. When we stand united, supporting each other, we can truly do amazing things.

Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.
— Martin Luther King, Jr.

Knitting the World Together, One Heart at a Time...

Molly J. Anderson

Program Director