Friday, October 20, 2006

New Beginnings for G.D.

photo by grassrootsmsw
Mendham, N.J.

“Do not go where the path may lead,
go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Today, the wisest and most skilled social worker I know, completed her final working day at ‘The Casino.’ During her 9 dedicated years, she created healing changes for patients, families, and co-workers. Her innate talent and gifts are countless and they leave a reverberating effect. With judiciousness, empathy, and a savvy shrewdness she taught me that barriers exist, only to be surmounted.

The field of social work and the Santa Barbara community is enhanced and improved because of G.D.’s contributions and commitment. While many of us at ‘The Casino’ will deeply miss her daily presence, we at least take heart in knowing that her light and visions will continue to shine and make this world a better place.

G.D….take time to rejuvenate and nurture your spirit…I look forward to witnessing your new blazing trail…Here is a quote, in honor of you:

“The visionary is the one who brings his or her voice into the world and who refuses to edit, rehearse, perform, or hide. It is the visionary who knows that the power of creativity is aligned with authenticity.”

Angeles Arrien


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the positive and loving thoughts - I am going on a new path and I feel comfortable. I do not have regrets. I am at peace with my move which means it was the right thing to do for myself and my family. So how does one celebrate leaving the "casino?" I had dinner with my parents and now I am making five dozen cup cakes for my daughters school! Life keeps on bringing new adventures. Thanks for your support and I will take it with me tonight, tomorrow and forever!

Anonymous said...

I too have great respect for G.D....bravery comes to mind...not so much for seeking the new path...rather...she navigated along the casino path with bravery...this gives her an aura of dignity that infuses her compassionate care...she is very good at how she mirrors the profession! xo