Day job/ career:
Retired Air Traffic Controller
How did you become involved with Our Community Listens?
I was invited to attend a class in St. Louis to see how beneficial it would be for the families of Midland Nazarene Church, as well as the community. It was so impacting to me that I desired to be more involved than a participant.
What is your hope for Our Community Listens?
My desire for Our Community Listens is to model it concepts within every relationship and interaction I have with others. I would like the entire state of Michigan population come to learn, embrace, impact and transform their personal world in a new and positive way one person at a time.
How do you most often find yourself using what you learned in CST?
I most often find myself using the five reflective listening skills as the catalyst within every personal interaction. It is amazing the impact that listening to everyone you interact with almost immediately builds a bridge of connection and trust with your closest friend, or random person you are just encountering. In a world of fast paced movement, it is very rare to others to encounter someone that truly listens with empathy and does not judge who they are, or what they have done.
What is your favorite book?
My favorite book is the Bible. The Bible provides me a clear pathway on how to navigate this difficult and chaotic world we call life. To me, the foundational pillars of Our Community Listens align with our guidance contained in the Bible to, "love God with all of your heart, mind, soul and strength, and to love others as we love ourselves. If everyone would do this, just think of the world through that lens. Amazing!