It started with a blog

Blogging in a public place will inevitably attract the attention of others. A little naively I guess, when I started, I just thought I would quietly blog to myself because I felt the need to tell the story of GSL. Not because I necessarily thought it would be of interest to anyone else, more because I feel strongly that GSL is not just another service in our sector. There is a story.

The GSL of today has personality, passion and connects many, many people. I look to my children and I know how much they love hearing about family: quirky relatives, the grandparents they never met, the remarkable journey's of previous generations and how they fit into the broader family picture. I'm having more and more conversations with people who have read a blog or two, and as I listen I have to ask myself, what is the difference between my kids and all the people who are a part of GSL today? Understanding the beginnings, getting to know the people who have come before, sharing in the adversities of the past, and rallying behind the hopes for the future. This all forms a sense of cohesion and identity.

Maybe the absence of publicly talking about GSL was a confidence thing - I identify as an introvert and I frequently have self-doubt. Quietly blogging started as a need from within but now I see it is bringing us together and is starting conversations. I am so pleased Nettie has joined! Even though I have shared many GSL adventures with Nettie, I really love reading her blogs. It brings more to GSL's story when others are adding theirs. Maybe into the future some more GSL-ians will join?

Just recently I read a book by Donald Miller about storytelling and at the moment I'm reading a book by Patty McCord who is a co-creator of Netflix. This book is more focused on creating the right culture in an organisation, than on the story of Netflix itself. The correlation for me between the two books is the emphasis on building stronger connections between people. I am a private person, and until recently I haven't publicly talked because I honestly didn't think there would be anyone interested in listening. Obviously that says something about my complete avoidance of social media over the year. I feel like a goose not realising that you need to talk before anyone else can have the choice of whether to listen!

I get lost of things wrong. My daughter didn't understand my use of Discord when I was chatting to her the other day - I think I'm posting on Discord the way I'm supposed to use Twitter? Let's be honest, I haven't even been brave enough to tweet yet! I think I use emoji's too much (not here cause I can't work out how to insert them ... hmm - maybe that's a good thing?) and I'm not sure about @'s and #'s. Yesterday I learned my little daily posts are written in a style that sounds like someone's mum, which quite honestly I loved so I think I'll just keep doing my mum-thing (insert emoji *happy face*).

The best part? We're talking. Last night I posted a 'good night' to the team who were on a sleep-over shift, and I received a 'good night' message from a team member and his client who was still up. It was so heartwarming. I feel so much more connected and I hope this feeling extends to others.

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