At one time I thought I really liked holidays. Over the years as we have lost family, I realized that what I really liked was the time off to spend with family and friends. Today I give much greater thanks for my family than ever before. I have truly learned what it means to have others you can connect to in heart, mind, and soul. My own journey is one that is unique, as we each are unique. I have been amazingly blessed to have been able to continue to have all of my family as close allies through my entire transition.
When I was a shop steward and a union activist (not so very long ago) I fought for the rights of my co-workers and myself. We had a contract between our Union and the major corporation we worked for – and as shop stewards our purpose was to make sure that the rights of not even one person were violated under that contract. Another side of that same purpose was to educate and assist our co-workers so that no union members knowingly violated the contracted either. More importantly we worked really hard to try to resolve issues before getting to the point of needing to file grievances or other types of legal complaints.
There were dissenters within our membership who felt from time to time that the Union was handling things wrong and they were entitled to their opinion. My fellow stewards and I found that communication and compassion was a very important part of what we did. It was a job I gladly volunteered for and, although it took a significant amount of my own time, I’m still glad I was a part of that.
Saying things about other people when you don’t really know … – now I’m thinking you are likely wondering how in the world I jumped to this topic. Well, it has to do with what I have already mentioned and with what I am about to mention.