“Sometimes in life, the biggest challenges end up being the best things that happen.” Tom Brady

At The Patterson Foundation, there is a lot of talk around the idea of evolving, and it is one of its key Catalysts for Good. Through connecting, learning, sharing, evolving, and strengthening, we can begin to watch communities shift ways of thinking and pursue shared aspirations. The same can be true when it comes to how we are “becoming” as people.

TPFers have learned that change happens at the speed of trust. But sometimes, the first person we have to build trust with is ourselves.

Personally, this has been the craziest year of my life, bar none. 2021 kicked off with graduating from my master’s program, selling and moving from my childhood home (complete with having my family live with my now wife’s family, together, for three months on the same property...wowzers), planning a wedding, getting married, moving across the country, creating a new home with my wife, starting a brand new job, and finding out I will be a father this coming spring.

Each one of these, separately, is a monumental life moment, and having them happen within the span of six months is borderline insanity. However, each of these enormous situations was an opportunity to change and evolve as a person. Growth is something many of us desperately want, but when push comes to shove, growth is uncomfortable and easy to shy away from.

TPF takes the time to be in the moment, and this intentionality helps to drive the trust creation process.

From helping Beth Duda launch Suncoast Remake Learning Days to evolving Fueling Dynamic Fundraising and helping to spearhead a study away course offered through Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, this first five months at TPF have been a whirlwind of involvement, craziness, and learning. Each step of the way, I have learned to trust myself even further. This certainly does not mean this experience has been easy, quite the opposite. Rather, it has forced me to evolve in ways I never have before and breakthrough into something new and beautiful.

Leave a comment

You are commenting as guest.