My Lessons Learned at CMC

From the Director’s Desk

From The Mustard Seed, Winter 2011
By Amy Grommon March

As many of you already know, I will be leaving my position at the Center in March. This was not an easy decision for me to make. In the past three years, I have learned a great deal about Catherine McAuley, the spirit of the individuals who through the doors of the Center and about myself. Here are a few lessons I have learned:

Lesson 1: It is okay to do what you believe is right. This thought seems simple enough, but in a world of rules and accountability, I am so grateful that at CMC we can use the Center’s values to guide our decisions.

Lesson 2: Those limited of resources are often the most grateful and kind. I did not know what to expect from the students and residents of the Center. However, in the last three years, I have met some truly amazing individuals. Not only have they taught me about life, but they have also taught me to be grateful for the experiences I have had.

Lesson 3: Kindness begets kindness. These words were spoken by Catherine McAuley and seem so simple, yet are so profound. It is very easy for me to get wrapped up in my own world of work, family and meetings. However, a simple act of kindness can communicate what words cannot. In this vein, our clients have taught me the most.

As I prepare to enter a new chapter of my life, I thank you for sharing your lives with me. What once was that “place on the corner” has truly touched my life.