After having a few days to reflect on the Dialog Groups that were started this past Saturday there are several things that keep coming back to my mind.
One of the things that I found to be so amazing was that in a large group of different ethnicities, these 2 strong women from the Congo were some of the first to speak and share their stories. They both have limited English skills so they told their story through a translator but just to have the floor as they did with all of the attention and focus on what they had to say had to have been quite empowering. I haven’t had a chance yet to ask them more about this but by their body language and expression I could tell this was a great opportunity for them to tell their story to others who may not have known what they have been through to get to where they are today. I thank them for their bravery and for their honesty in sharing their stories with the group.
The other thing I found to be so amazing was that this group respected and listened to each other even though at times the language was difficult to understand. All knew that what was being shared was deeply personal and deserved respect.
A great thank you to Jeremy Solomons to facilitating this group and we look forward to our next meeting in May.