Perspectives February 2013: Love Is in the Air
Sheree Vodicka, AHA Director
When I think of February, I think of love for obvious reasons – the Valentine’s Day holiday advertising is pretty pervasive, with pink and red hearts, chocolate and diamonds plastered everywhere you look.
When I put that into the context of AHA, a couple of associations come up for me. The first is that love is really about connections. You love someone or something because you feel some sort of connection to it or them. Think about it. You might “love” an object because it “speaks” to you somehow – it represents something meaningful to you. You connect to it. Likewise with people – we tend to be attracted to and form relationships with people who share similar interests or in some other way connect us to each other.
The second is that love makes me think of sharing gifts and resources. When two entities join together through mutual attraction, they each show up to that relationship with a handful of gifts, talents and traits. Another way to think of these gifts is that they are assets, resources, and experiences that come to the relationship.
Part of the fun of building relationships is finding out what assets each has, and how together the partners can tap into each other’s assets or resources and build something greater than if those resources were kept out of the relationship. As I shared with you last month, AHA and partners have been working fast and furious on making some important connections between people and their resources.
In this issue of our newsletter, you are going to read about some of those connections AHA is making around the county: connections between local food growers and buyers; connections between advocates and policy makers and experts on urban agriculture and community and school gardens; connections among school leaders who share their experiences and lessons learned in helping kids get more activity at school.
You’ll also read about how these partners are bringing their many talents, strengths and resources together to build something for the greater good.
Making connections and leveraging resources is at the core of what being a part of AHA is all about! People and organizations join AHA because when you join with like-minded people doing work that is aligned, really cool things happen. Ideas form and grow. People mobilize and find and bring their resources. And lives change because of it.
And that, my friends, is what love is all about. It’s what makes us strong as an organization.