Happy Magical Monday, everyone!
And it is indeed magical. After last week, I cannot help but see magic in everything around me!
Last week, in a small room papered with wisdom and passion, six of us shared our dreams for the future we want to create. We laughed and we cried and we learned. In between, as those who have taken our class know, we ate and ate some more, nourishing our bodies as we nourished our spirits.
One cannot experience our immersion course without realizing in your bones that every one of our dreams for the future of this planet is realistic, practical, doable. As I closed my eyes to sleep this weekend, I felt like a kid on Christmas Eve; the power we have to turn our dreams into reality overtook me at every turn, making me want to dance, to play, to dream…
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Every one of these classes feels like it is a dream. For five days, we explore what it takes to create an environment where changemakers can reach for their highest potential.
Governance consultants and program evaluators, fundraising consultants and strategists – they transform before their own eyes (and ours), finding gifts that have been there all along, waiting quietly to spring into action to create the world we all want.
We do our best to model the fact that creating visionary community change is practical and doable.
That working from humility – knowing the wisdom is in the room, and learning how to listen for that wisdom – is practical and doable.
That learning to replace judgment with compassion (and learning the extent to which we do, in fact, judge) is practical and doable.
That kindness can rule not only our work, but our lives.
And that if we consultants can learn what it takes to catalyze change, our clients can learn it, and their communities can learn it – the true meaning of all of us modeling the change we want to see.
“My dreams are bursting at the seams,” says the song. Today, still high from a week where we watched “consultants” grow into their role as “visionary changemakers,” my dreams are indeed bursting at the seams.
And everywhere I look, I see ten million fireflies lighting up the world.
Have a great “lit up” Monday and a great week, all!
With love and admiration to Kim, Tesse, Debbie, Kesha and Dimitri.
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