Boxes are a precious commodity in today’s world. Don’t believe me? Try going to your local grocery store and ask for some cardboard boxes like you used to when you made your first apartment move. Whether it is the lingering effects of the economic recession or eco-design, the bottoms of the boxes are now missing. Just a 2-inch cardboard frame holds the bulk contents of each box from falling out. So when I started packing up my house a week ago, I found myself needing boxes and unable to find them.
My cousin, and co-packer, suggested trying the local deli that seemed to have boxes in front of it. I had tried the liquor store but they already recycled their boxes. Of course, we could go buy some, but it seemed like a ridiculous idea to buy something that other people just throw out. Some passerby noticed our hurried and frantic scan of the streets. “Hey, do you need some boxes? I have some good ones on my porch. Just go to …”.
My cousin commented on how when you start looking for something, all of a sudden it seems to be everywhere. What you focus on expands. I got boxes from friends, stores, strangers’ stoops, but it still wasn’t enough. I ended up using industrial strength garbage bags, because it turns out my focus wasn’t really on the boxes but on making space in my home.
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Ana Zaldarriaga, Director of Special Initiatives, works with new project development and service implementation in NYC, as well as in breaking new frontiers outside of NYC. With almost 15 years of service at The Leadership Program, she has influenced and taken part of every aspect of the organization: from curriculum design to implementation, training and internal initiatives, consulting and conference expansion, sustainability initiatives, and culture building within the community.
Ana’s background in sociology and healing arts inspires her to use a holistic approach to organizational and personal change using transformative and servant leadership styles. Ana is a truth-seeker and advocate of change, believing that a better world begins with each individual. As a keen observer, empathic listener, and creative visionary, she synthesizes the needs and goals of those she works with to help discover and unfold their path and purpose.
Ana lives in Brooklyn with her family and is currently getting her Masters in Motherhood from an expert professor, her 3-year old-daughter Raya.