The Transitioner below articulated rather wonderfully something we hear quite a lot from people – that getting involved in a Transition Initiative gives them a sense of place and purpose that had previously been lacking.
It was a lovely letter to receive and very much affirms one of the key outcomes we’ve always hoped for – engaged citizens doing something that satisfies some deep and significant personal needs while being of service to their local community and beyond. [Ben]
28th May, 2013
I just wanted to write to you about your visit to my town later in the summer. Sadly I won’t be able to welcome you alongside my colleagues in the Steering Group, as my husband and I had already arranged to be on holiday and there is no way I can change these arrangements. I am terribly disappointed but will do whatever I can to help organise and promote your visit before we go.
The reason I am writing to you is to both excuse myself for not being here when you visit, but also I would have wanted to thank you in person for all the extraordinary work you do, so writing this is the next best thing.
I have lived in this town since 1981 and never quite understood why I am here. I never particularly liked living here until I discovered, 3 years ago, that it had become a Transition Town. Becoming a member and then joining the Steering Group has completely revolutionised my life. I really feel that I can, and am, gradually making a difference and an important contribution to this town now.
I went to my first ‘Be The Change Symposium’ a year before joining my local Transition Initiative and within 3 weeks did a Permaculture Introductory Course. I did my 5 month Permaculture training the following year and have since spent the last 2½ years doing a Permaculture Diploma, so becoming a Transition Group member has given me a fantastic opportunity to help build a sustainable community in my home town and a practical outlet for my Diploma.
I know that there may be an opportunity to visit some of our local projects with you and I would have loved to show you our Community Permaculture Plot that I set up 3 years ago, with help from my fellow Transitioners. Maybe someone else can… but I wanted to say that it has been an utter joy and a dream come true to be able to create and share it.
So I just wanted to express my deep appreciation for you and your wonderful team, who help souls like me realise their dreams, by creating a truly free-thinking, practical, creative, inspirational and quite revolutionary organisation that I am proud and grateful to be part of.
I hope our town gives you an amazing welcome and that you really enjoy your visit.
Very best wishes, PC
Heart-warming stuff, eh? Makes us all feel good about the work we’re doing, and why it’s so necessary at the personal level, as well as at all the other broader layers of scale.