My friends, I belong. This weekend marked the beginning of a ten month training program in communication, leadership, connection, and creativity. 9 of us made it to Colorado after the bomb cyclone (Patrick, we missed you—can’t wait to meet you in May!) to launch Cohort 11 of Leading Organizations to Health (LOH). Our teachers, Tony Suchman and Diane Rawlins, led us through three days of introspection, skills acquisition and practice, and formation in community. It all happened at the Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch in Loveland, surrounded by mountains, river, wildlife, and a rich history of family and hospitality.
We are training in relationship-centered care and administration, helping one another embody our best relationship tendencies, so we may help our organizations function at higher levels of connection and effectiveness. It’s too exciting!
I walked into the lodge at Sylvan Dale, saw the vaulted ceiling with the icicle lights, and immediately thought of Hogwarts. I came to this place, called by something to the Why of my soul, to be with others like me. We are here to train, to hone our skills for good. Within the first session I realized I can totally be myself in this crowd. Here, I’m no longer a lone voice focused on relationships ahead of everything else, no longer the only one who cannot help seeing how the nature of our relationships permeates every interaction, every decision—and how we recreate them in every moment. No more self-editing and explaining, tip-toeing around what matters most to me. I can fully inhabit my relationship convictions here, in this space and among these new friends. I feel an ease of purpose and values in this group that I come to, like a deep well, to fill my bucket and irrigate my garden of personal and professional growth. Here, I am not a black sheep.
I now have 9 new people-nodes to connect and integrate into my existing relationship webs—a new and emerging system. We share stories with common themes, new insights, and mutual support. These ten months we will form and evolve as individuals as well as a community. It’s a type of love, really… At least that’s how it feels to me. Hooray!