When a friend asked what I thought of the idea of organizing several Men's Wisdom Works groups through OLLI (Osher Life Long Learning Institute) at UNC Asheville, I had lunch with him to encourage his initiative but to say decisively, I'd be the last to join. What I actually told him was, "It was a good idea but not for me." He received a similar response to his request for me to write a blog.
Not only did I join Group #3, but now I'm an enthusiastic supporter of the concept and my group. In fact, I don't know how I would have gotten through the last 14 months without these men. Being with a dozen men whom I like and trust has meant so much to me. We listen, think, respond, and support each other as much as we can. When one of our group died we joined his family at his memorial service.
About a year ago I went through radiation and chemotherapy for terminal cancer, and I relished their personal support plus the many rides they gave me to the hospital; what a difference that made for me and my wife. So now I'm writing this blog to encourage others to consider the idea as an opportunity to open your heart to others and to broaden your circle of trusted friends. I doubt I'll write a blog often but who knows.
Stephen Jones, MWW Group III