Look upward: Set thine eyes upon the heights
And striving ever towards the distant goal,
Faint not, but have the faith supreme to know
A glorious destiny awaits thy soul.
From the notes of Chauncey J. Pobanz, "Poems and Sayings"
There is a huge shift in the air. I have felt it in my own life. A move to a new home - that is always a major shift. But even more, I have been drawn to focus more on children - to bring information to their parents, their grandparents - information that can help them help their children have healthy, productive lives.
In the past 15 years I have seen a lot of people affected by the environment they were living in. The things that have stayed with me the most were those homes where the parents did not realize that where they placed their children's bedrooms, and what they placed in and outside of it, had enormous potential for health impacts on their child. I've seen children with all sorts of illnesses, many which we concluded were a direct result of the environment.
It could have been elevated electric fields; it may have been the water quality. It possibly was due to the paint and carpeting in the child's room - or perhaps it was the materials that their toys were made out of. It is difficult to pinpoint the cause after the result is in place - and this led me to realize that I need to do whatever I can to educate before the results go in the wrong direction.
So now I am on an exciting new journey. I've embarked upon a journey to find those families that want a healthy life for their family, especially their children. There are many directions that I can go in to reach people and this - this requires goal setting and mapping out the path.
This leads me back to the poem that started out this blog, at the top of the page. My Grandfather, Chauncey J. Pobanz, a man who became a Methodist minister in mid life, kept a journal that I am fortunate to have in my possession. This particular poem reminds me that all of my goals are being directed by my soul. And that, my friends, is glorious.