Belonging to OHI’s Community Helps You Persist and Succeed

Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the United States, once said, “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” Persistence is one of our “5 P’s” (Prayer, Purpose, Persistence, Patience, and Positive Mental Attitude), and having the support of belonging to community makes it easier to stay the course and persist until you reach your goal.

There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus .’ Galatians 3:28

We have found that there are five paths to belonging, and at OHI these help our guests mesh into our vibrant community. The first is Participation , the more one gets involved in the program and activities, the more likely they are to interact with the other guests, and in turn the greater their sense of belonging. Second is the Recognition of Gifts , those you need to acknowledge in yourself and recognizing them in others. You will do this during daily affirmations, and our classes such as You Validation and Your Life is a Gift . Third is via our Safe and Sacred Environment where you are encouraged to open up to your fellow guests as well as our counselors. Fourth is through the Physical Design of Our Campus where opportunities to bump into each other and exchange hugs and conversation, whether by chance or intention, will occur during our Daily Circles, at the garden, or at the pool. The fifth is Personal Ownership , where you create your own stake in the community by helping others, listening to others, challenging others, supporting others, and even donating your time and money.

Each week when people attend our program there is a great balance in the community as some people return for a second, third, or fourth week. These experienced-hands, help the newer up-and-comers by sharing helpful tips and how-to’s that enable them to quickly assimilate into the OHI culture and community. Veteran guests understand – physically and emotionally – what the first weekers are experiencing and by giving them a hand up help them to achieve a sense of belonging faster.

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