My name is Susannah.

I believe in UBUNTU.  Ubuntu is a South African philosophy which focuses on the interconnectedness of us all.  It is about recognizing a person’s status as a human being, about the giving and receiving of unconditional respect, acceptance and dignity. Archbishop Desmond Tutu explains Ubuntu as the essence of being human. He says Ubuntu speaks particularly about the fact that you cannot exist as a human being in isolation.

You can’t be human all by yourself.

A person with Ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, understanding that he or she belongs as an individual as a part of a greater whole. Ubuntu is not, I think, therefore I am.  It is: “I am a human because I belong, because I participate, because I share, because I give.” In essence, I am because WE are.

Through my work as a teacher and counselor, through my amazing, loving family and friends, and through my travels, I have been privileged to meet and get to know some incredible people from whom I have learned a great deal.  Each day I am challenged to be better because of my encounters with others, I am challenged to live my life and make choices that are in alignment with my values.

Grounded Growth is about exploring these lessons. It is about participating in a personal conversation about how we are living our lives.  I hope you’ll join the conversation.

A bit about me?

Well…I just moved to India!

So, I am inspired and moved to think and wonder and write about all of the experiences and challenges that this beautiful culture is sure to present to me.

I lean towards trust. I love to knit. I have a really loud laugh. I love the details. I am striving to be the best version of myself. I talk to myself in my car. I screw up. I have a really cool, really loving family. I love my work. I miss sending letters through the post. I have incredible, kind, generous, loving friends. I trust my gut.



5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Susan Lynne
    Dec 12, 2011 @ 21:15:22

    Enjoy your spirit and insight into everyday happenings.


  2. Sarah-Jane Barnhoorn
    Jan 27, 2012 @ 03:59:27

    Beautiful, Susannah! So glad that we can all learn more about ourselves and others through you and Grounded Growth!


  3. Varalakshmi Venkatachalam
    Dec 20, 2013 @ 17:12:48

    Hi Susannah,
    This is Dr.V. Guess what! I will be in Chennai for the Holidays. Would love to meet you for breakfast if possible. I do not know your travel plans. Can you email me? Enjoying your blog. Hope India is keeping you warm, safe and healthy.
    Happy Holidays!


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