The Long View… by Linda Miller, 30 year resident
The obvious transformations that came in the wake of the Valley Fire had to do with letting go: letting go of homes, possessions, patterns. Rising to the occasion of newness in almost every quarter of daily life. Allowing identification to transfer from the historical, the comfortable and the patterned to the possible. To the “new” and the necessary. For many here at Harbin, the remaining inner circle of residents, it meant stepping up to the plate in new functions and entirely different levels of responsibility.
Longtime resident-employees had to switch Departments and learn new roles under the extraordinary pressure to begin the process of reopening in the shortest possible time. Nascent leadership qualities were given an opportunity to show up – in a hurry- and in support of that, the surrounding community offered up a generation of seasoned, suddenly-dispersed residents, who contributed time and energy and know-how to a new generation of leadership. This support network consists of people steeped in Harbin history and tradition and the subtle expertise necessary to enhance our quirky energetic organizational re-start.
Into freshly turned ground, seeds of transformation have been deftly sown and are are now coming into flower. We are so grateful for and want to acknowledge the resilience and courage of so many here at Harbin who continue to be flexible and willing to do what it takes, and change as they must to keep the Community and its possibilities alive and well. Kudos to evolution with its promise of new and brighter beginnings. Kudos to the Harbinites that remain as family and love-laced team.