Jude’s return journey…
“We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.”
― T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets
If anything could sum up how I feel today, then this would. Of course a genius like Eliot puts into words what most of us would struggle ever, to articulate.
I believe that life really is a journey, and mine has taken me around the world with the BBC for the first half of my working life. Deadlines, creativity on demand, breaking out in sweats cutting stories with minutes to spare in live TV, standing for hours filming up against the elements on cold winter streets or in sun baked deserts, trying to find that one shot or one story that is going to move people, engage people, provoke debate or even a change of heart. Most rewarding of all it was the privilege of having the chance to share the lives of so many people, who told us their stories, the great and the good, the humble and pious, having access to people and situations where people often ‘lived on the edge’ mentally, physically and spiritually, trying to make sense of their lives and in doing so perhaps they helped us all make sense of our lives.
A BBC TV series broadcast in the dying weeks of the 20th century, opened my eyes to the multi-layered world we live in. I explored crime, the sex industry, conflicts and wars, but it was the struggle of people facing personal challenges of poor mental or physical health, poverty, unemployment and the shattering of dreams that came with it, and the loss and hopelessness that comes with a life filled from an early age with hurt and pain and disadvantage, that helped me make up my mind to change the direction of my life.
I spent the next 14 years working with ‘ vulnerable’ people, firstly as an Advocate, then as a Manager of a mental health service and eventually CEO of a charity. The groups of people I supported had a variety of needs and issues, some had very poor mental health that had lead them into trouble with the law, others had suffered domestic abuse, some had to contend with learning disabilities and the stigma and powerlessness that such a label can generate, others had brain injury or dementia. One thing they all shared, was that they had ‘ lost their voice and lost their power’ and it was my role to ( as much as I could ) to restore that. Often that meant battling a system that was unforgiving, relentless in its requirement for cost saving, economising… but it is hard to ‘ economise’ with the hopes and dreams of the people I tried to help.
As TS Eliot would say.. “ at the end of our exploring, will be to arrive where we started and to know the place for the first time..”
Well, I guess that is exactly how I feel, I know I have a job to do.. it is to combine those 2 careers and to give vulnerable people a voice… That is what Mother Mountain is about.. I hope you will follow our work with interest, and tell your friends about our mission.
Lastly I would urge you to open the link below. Itarticulates better than I ever could, why Mother Mountain Productions is needed.
Jude Limb, Founder, Monther Mountain Productions
Client: Mother Mountain Productions (MMP)
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