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The Council of Elders…

September 7, 2011
If there ever was a time when help and support for a whole range of problems was readily available and affordable, those times have passed.
Government investment in service provision is being slashed, whilst at the same time we are being encouraged to work toward building  ‘The Big Society’. Like it or not, this trend is unlikely to change in the foreseeable future.

So where does that leave the individual who needs support, advice, guidance or just an understanding ear?

Vianova Recovery Projects was created to address this shortfall between need and available services. The idea is a simple one;

For thousands of years people have encountered problems with day to day living and very often had to meet these problems head-on with little or no support from the wider society. How did they get through it all? 

Well sadly, many of them didn’t survive.  Life has been tough and cruel at times, and whilst we have managed to overcome many of the historical scourges of mankind, others have come along to replace them. Other problems have remained constant. The ‘Council of Elders’ is a feature of many diverse cultures throughout the world and throughout history. Fundamentally, it is  a recognition and a utilization of lessons learned and lives lived. It places a high value upon practical experience of facing life on life’s terms and learning lessons from it. It teaches us to respect experience and to learn from the mistakes of others as well as from their successes.  

Imagine a society in which no experience, good or bad is wasted. Where gratitude, honesty, respect and tolerance are the guiding principles. That kind of society is a long, long way off, but we can move in that direction. The minute we turn; even by 1 degree, we start to move away from the problem and toward the solution. 

Jeff C
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