I never thought this would happen, but I'm so glad it did and that I was there to witness it. For the first time in the history of the Leadership program, the Midlothian and Waxahachie groups came together to participate in Leadership Healthcare Day on Wednesday.
It was beautiful to see some of my favorite people in Ellis County sitting, talking and laughing with one another. And to be there to capture those moments will live on in my memory for a long time.
For the past year and a half, I have spent a Friday a month with my good friends of Leadership Waxahachie. I went to their functions, took photos and joined them for their after-hours debriefings. I even had the unique opportunity of spending the day with them in Austin on two separate occasions. During that time, I developed close ties and friendships with the members of the group.
Then, in October 2013 I had to shift my focus to the Midlothian area because of my promotion as the managing editor of the Mirror. I reached out to the advisor of Leadership Midlothian Marilyn Jones and asked if I could cover their events, and she graciously agreed.
My first venture with the Midlothian group was on Industry Day. We spent that day touring industries such as Gerdau and Ash Grove. I had an absolute blast getting to know everyone. On that day I developed new bonds and relationships with business leaders in the Midlothian community.
Now I had two groups that I felt really close to and wanted to be there for. I established connections with people in both Leadership groups, and often felt torn between the two. You must understand, when you spend an entire day with someone over the course of several months, you can't help but to establish bonds with them. That's just the nature of relationships.
I was devoted to both groups and wanted to ensure that I did a good job representing both of them in their community newspapers.
But Wednesday afforded me the opportunity of a lifetime. I didn't have to choose which group I was going to spend my time with, because the groups would be spending the afternoon together. The laughter, the jokes, the camaraderie and the valued time spent with both of them will linger in my heart for quite some time.
I have become quite close to both groups. They bring a different aspect to what I do, and I appreciate their uniqueness. But on Wednesday, differences were set aside for an occasion that would prove to be bigger than any group.
The blessing of the new Baylor Scott and White Medical Center of Waxahachie not only brought two different groups together, but people of different backgrounds, religious preferences and races together. Under the roof of that new building, new relationships were being established. People forgot about what city they represented and stood to represent Ellis County. It brought about a realization that this hospital would benefit every person in Waxahachie and the surrounding counties.
As I stood back and watched with awe and reverence what God was doing, my mind was directed to Acts 5:16, “There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.”
That's what it's all about. It's not about groups celebrating their differences, or cities celebrating their differences or even individuals celebrating their differences. It's about healing.
I'm not sure who is responsible for organizing Wednesday's event, but I thank you from the bottom of my heart for making that possible. It was a great day from start to finish, and God was in the midst of it all. Thank you Leadership Midlothian and Leadership Waxahachie for reiterating what I've been saying since I began working here, I have the best job on the planet.