I hope it is the start of a revolution. A new way of being and doing and connecting at work.
This past week, a co-worker, friend, a woman with a beautiful heart, attended Choices.
She fell in Love. With herself.
And from self-love, all things are possible.
On Wednesday, I dropped by the hotel where the seminar is held to leave a card for my friend and to say hello to some of the coaches.
It’s been a year since I’ve been in the room. Last year, as I struggled to keep up with the pace at my former job and then started a new job, I took time off from coaching. It was needed medicine for myself. Time to simplify my life, to create space to be more present to what was in my life without feeling stressed by all the “To Do’s” I had on my plate.
At least, that’s the story I told myself.
Walking into the seminar room on Wednesday morning I realized, it’s time I went back. It’s time I immersed myself in the joy, beauty, Love of that space where all things begin with self-love. Where all things are possible.
People often ask me why I volunteered so much of my time to the program or why I stayed involved.
When I suggest they try it out to find out for themselves, I often get a nervous laugh and a, ‘it’s not for me’, kind of response.
Choices is for anyone.
But often fear of the unknown prevents us from stepping beyond the edge of our familiar. Sometimes, it’s the fear that comes from believing inside ourselves is too risky a place to explore – what if it’s too dark to see? We tell ourselves that to explore our inner depths could put us at risk of completely falling apart with no way of being whole again.
All of that was true for me, yet, once I went through the program, I realized, as Winston Churchill famously penned, I had nothing to fear — but fear itself.
In fact, my fear paled in comparison to all that I gained.
When I walked into the seminar room on Wednesday morning, even though I was only there for a few minutes, I remembered why I gave so much to the program and the people involved.
Because I receive so much more in return.
In my life there have been very few times when I felt 100% safe to be ‘all of me’. In the Choices room, I know I am safe.
In the Choices room, I know that people are not whispering behind my back, talking about my flaws, complaining about how I say this or do that or how I’m not participating enough or not doing it right.
In the Choices room, there is no judgement. Only Love.
So often in this world, we learn to not trust love. To be distrustful of one another.
To cope, we build up walls and defenses. We guard against possible hurts. We defend our position of remaining separate, believing that we need to protect the core of who we are against attack.
In the Choices room, I know I am 100% safe and from that place of feeling safe, I can be me. Completely me. All of me. Beauty and the Beast. Wisdom and Wounds. Perfections and Flaws.
It is an incredible gift. A beautiful thing.
And that’s why I’m hoping my friend’s having experienced the Choices revolution will create its own revolution at work.
Choices provides tools to live your life outside your comfort zone, wide awake, 100% in Love with me, myself and I and the world around you.
My dream is to have our entire leadership team experience the program so that we can connect on deeper, more authentic and meaningful levels. From that space, all things are possible. Including, ending child and family homelessness.