Dyck DeWid has a strong mind, strong heart, and big body spirit. When I met him I felt his strength more prominently than his heart. That has changed. Check out what this big, married contractor guy says about InterPlay in North Carolina. I love you Dyck.
“Right in the middle of a fall day, it seems important to tell how special the InterPlay Community is to me… and maybe how rare it is too. Looking at my life, I belong to 4 or 5 other groups. And over time I’ve been in many more than that.
In No Other Community have I observed or felt the broad unconditional acceptance that is so easily fundamental to InterPlayers. This is so important to me, I’ll shout it if you don’t mind:
1. I’M FINE JUST AS I AM,
2. I DON’T HAVE TO CHANGE ANYTHING ABOUT MYSELF TO BELONG,
3. IF I WANT TO EXPLORE I’LL BE AFFIRMED AND HAVE FUN DOING IT.
I don’t know if people everywhere don’t have the same problems, humor, insecurities, egos, fears, masks, hopes, grief, guilt, and all the rest a big list? Don’t these affect one’s energy of accepting diversity and one’s capacity for personal freedom? Surely looking thru our own lens must affect how we all perveive one another, no? Yet, in InterPlay these common attributes don’t seem to interfere with our individual abilities to accept and affirm one another in a sincere and honest way. In InterPlay these don’t seem to interfere with our giving one another what each of us needs or wants. On the contrary, the fabric of the community is just this. It has become in me a joy filled willingness, even an importance and urgency to find the precious, the strong, the delightful, the innocent… the God, in everyone.
A more personal accounting, an inner view: I am somewhat aware of my affect on others. That in the quest to find who I am, my purpose, and to be true to myself, I can disturb some, can scare them, make them wary or mistrustful. This places me in a minority or ‘on the fringes’ at best, of most groups. Naturally, there is a partial number either unaffected or positively affected. But, the others seem to be greatly affected with my disturbance to their foundations or equalibrium. This is an accepted, possibly even relished part of my everyday life. For, though I may not understand completely, I am both confident and full of joy with life.. I’m not sure whether the IP Community came to learn and accept this over time, or whether they are helping create it, or both.
The health, beauty and wisdom of InterPlayers comes in all sizes, sexes, ages and cultures. If you are ready or willing to learn to play again then magic will happen. Give it a few years and Grace and Joy will start coming out your ears, mouth, mind, and heart. I love how this always surprises me. Want to see what twenty years will do? Check out this Wing It! concert Youtube of the four originals dancing their hearts out.