A Homecoming

Written by on July 23, 2008 in The Healing Journey with 0 Comments

Last night I attended a reunion with fellow grassroots activists to share our experiences concerning Chinese detainees from the Golden Venture with Patrick Keefe. Patrick Keefe is writing a book on the Golden Venture as a follow up to a New Yorker article.

It was a wonderful evening. First, it was a pleasure to meet with Patrick. He shared the journey he took that brought him to writing this book. I was interested in meeting him and hearing about his experience and more than happy to share mine.

But what I was really looking forward to was seeing my old friends again. It had been years since I had seen a good number of these people. It was like coming home.

There’s something about being in the company of passionate and caring people. We are all so diverse in our political and religious views, and yet each one of us unapologetically offers who we are to one another and wholeheartedly accepts this as the gift it is.

I walked away from the evening’s experience and stepped into the night infused with an energy and vitality, a renewed sense of hope.

A lot of things were triggered last night…memories, lessons learned, inspiration that sustains me to this day. I was reminded not only of what I believe, but that I am not alone in those beliefs. There is not only great comfort in that, but strength.

I think I will spend the next few days going over some of these things, sharing them with you. Because when you give and what you give to another strengthens it in you.

Sometimes I get so drained. Being a single homeschooling mom, I can get overwhelmed by addressing the needs of my child and just making ends meet. I’m always looking for some kind of community, a social network for my child and myself to belong to. We do have friends, and the homeschooling community in this area is strong.

But thinking on this this morning, I realized I have another one. It’s not a homeschooling community. It’s not a church community. It’s this very beautiful fluid community of people who, with all our diversity, share a common foundation – compassion and a deep respect for our fellow human beings. And perhaps even more importantly, act on those things, making a difference.

Yes, it felt good to come home.

Join Me on this Journey!

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About the Author: Demian Yumei, author, singer/songwriter and artist activist, uses spoken, written word and original songs in her human rights activism. She's a long time traveler on the healing journey and has a lifelong love affair with the creative process. .

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