It’s hard to know where to begin, as the journey to this point has been a culmination of so much of who I am and what I am. Alas, this is intended to be a reflection on the first two weeks of ALF Summer 2014, and so I’ll try and keep my focus there. But first, allow me to back up just a bit.
Over the course of my life, I have been able to gain an understanding of my self and have learned to recognize my strengths and shortcomings. When I weigh it all out, I often conclude that my greatest strength – that is to say, what has taken me the furthest in life – is my intention and discernment in choosing the people I want to play with.
A big part of knowing who you want to play with is knowing what game you want to play. Since I can remember, and for reasons that are unknown, I have always had a strong internal value for honesty, openness, and love. My Truth is rooted in all things authentic, and that is what I’ve been chasing my whole life. It has brought me immense joy to help open up a space for all of us to experience ourselves deeply and to swim in these waters together – all in service of bringing forth that same powerful opportunity for children.
I wasn’t sure how far we would be able to get with each other in this three week experience. I was a little nervous that it would somehow feel incomplete when we were done. I think it may wind up feeling incomplete next week, but for much different reasons than I was originally concerned about.
I’m impressed with how much “material” we have covered in just two weeks – enough to satisfy my original estimations of what could be done. That all feels like a bonus, because much more important than the material are the relationships and the relatedness that have been created. I feel so energized waking up and coming to this space where authenticity is the goal, and where everyone is playing that infinite game together.
Though there is still a lot to cover and accomplish in the final week, if the intensive ended today I would see it as a monumental success. I have been so inspired by seeing how every single one of us has found a way to engage powerfully in this project and add tremendous value. I’m having a hard time finding words to express how grateful, impressed, and overwhelmed I am by how it has all taken shape – perhaps I should have chosen do a movement piece with Luc, Felicia, and Abe.
My god, I feel like we are right in the thick of that question, and yet still somehow have only scratched the very surface of it.