October 3, 2022 - An Ordinary Week

OCTOBER 3, 2022


“Our dilemma is that we hate change and love it at the same time; what we really want is for things to remain the same but get better.” -Sydney J. Harris


Last week was an ordinary week. I went to work each day, I met with friends and family, I grocery shopped and cleaned my house. Just a regular week.  That is the significance. Change is a regular occurrence.


Last week I attended an event where change was charging in, full steam ahead at a group of people that were not ready for it. They were fighting it.  They came armed with information and misinformation, a longing for things to remain the same and a fear of what this change would bring. They were regular people, living a ordinary week and change was occurring.


Last week was an ordinary week, filled with change. In my ordinary life, my daughter and her husband were caught in Hurricane Ian. Their home was spared but my son-in-laws’ place of business was washed away and buried in sand. Two female relatives reported changes in their health that will create huge changes in their lives and mine. My work environment is changing as we adapt to a new employee, and my home environment changed as we had to have two grand old trees removed due to an ash bore infestation.


“There is nothing permanent except change.” -Heraclitus


Change happens constantly. Seasons change, children grow up, old friends move away, and new friends move in. Babies are born and people we love die. Business close and new businesses take their place. Buildings are erected, remodeled, left to ruin and torn down. Progress moves forward like the river-sometimes slow and lazy other times rapidly and violently, but always moving onward, always changing. We can’t stop change but we can make it easier to handle.


For all of the victims of Hurricane Ian who faced devastating change last week, we can help.


From United Way Worldwide:


Today across Florida, so many of our neighbors and communities are facing the devastation of Hurricane Ian, whose powerful winds and flooding rains created catastrophic damage. Sadly, we know another storm, Hurricane Fiona, recently impacted our colleagues in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and maritime Canada.


Due to the intense and far-reaching impact of this storm, to support communities in Florida and other areas affected by Hurricane Ian, United Way Worldwide has created the United Way Disaster Response and Recovery Fund. As part of United Way's collective mission to build stronger, resilient, and equitable communities, United Ways in affected areas will continue to raise money locally and respond to emerging needs as appropriate for their community. The national fund will absolutely complement those efforts and provide a single clearinghouse for individual and corporate donors who want to support all affected areas.



This fund will help local United Ways meet immediate storm-related needs and support long-term recovery throughout the affected regions. It would also allow donors to designate their funds to local United Ways. We'll be working with United Way leaders in the affected areas to determine the best distribution plan.



We are also organizing an emergency needs committee to help us ensure equitable allocation of funding to the local United Ways for their response efforts.



Together with your support, we can help our communities rebuild.


I'm hoping this week is an ordinary week as well, with less drastic changes. but I know there will be changes. It is my choice to let changes dictate my attitude or ensure my attitudes dictate how i perceive change.




Volunteer Needs

Help sorting and counting new, clean socks and hygiene product

donations for distribution.

Daytime hours in the UW office.


Call if interested 651-388-6309

or email: mnelson@unitedwaygwp.org


We can't be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea. Holding onto something that is good for you now, may be the very reason why you don't have something better.

C. JoyBell C.

Looking back on changes in my life that I was not ready for, I remember, anger and tears and frustration with not being in control. But always, after I had accepted the change, wrapped my life in the change and moved forward, I could look back and see what was different about me due to those circumstances changing. I had learned something, been exposed to new ideas or ways of doing things or met new people. Looking back, I can find the good that came with each of those jolting changes and I am a better person for having lived through them. 


Thanks for reading


Maureen Nelson