Visionaries Change Us All
Visionaries have always intrigued me—how they dream big and have the courage to do battle with naysayers. One group of visionaries I’m observing now are those working on the BLOCK project in Seattle, an attempt to care for the homeless. Several architects have joined with community leaders to invite homeowners to add a 109’ tiny home in their backyard to house a homeless person or family. Their dream is to have a BLOCK home on every block in Seattle. They dream big. Each home is sustainable with solar panels, a composting toilet, and a grey water system. Rather than the typical landlord-tenant paradigm, this one is about love…love for people and love for the environment. It’s putting neighbors together in shared community—not an “us” and “them,” but a “we.”
Progress comes slowly. Mistakes are often made. Assumptions often delay steps. But the visionary keeps his focus, listens to the true concerns while he/she tries to dispel thorny excuses.
The visionary pauses to listen to the still small Voice and to know he can…and will…step forward with his heart open and his mind engaged.