Somewhere along the route, I was asked to be a regional research associate for the project, which just means I volunteer regularly in research and submission of projects. A few weeks ago, we got business cards identifying our relationship with the project in the event we might find it helpful in the research and documentation of sites.
While I am fortunate to enjoy my "day job" and it actually relates to this project in many ways due to the significance of the New Deal Administration social service policies and programs, I find I want to spend more and more time in the pursuit of this adventure. There is just something about being part of a national effort to document every project that was part of the New Deal Administration's efforts to help folks climb out of the great hole that was the Great Depression that is very healing and humbling to me at this difficult point in my personal life.
It is kind of like something one of my supervisors used to say to me: "When things are going in a hard way, find something bigger than yourself to get involved in." The importance of this project is definitely bigger than me and my current issues--which although important and a priority, are no different than the personal issues which have befallen many of my fellow humans on this journey. Even more so, I know how very fortunate I am to have such tremendous support and resources in traveling this uncharted terrain.