A New Journey Started Tonight

Tonight marked the start of  the fourth Journey I’ve led – the fifth one I’ve taken, if you count that 40 years of putting it together as my first journey.
 
I’m blown away by the progress of each successive class and by the stories I hear from each new traveler about why they signed up. Tonight the reason for taking this journey was almost unanimous; it was pure pleasure to witness 7 women who (mostly) had never met take the first steps toward becoming a community.
 
The class that graduated last week is already contacting each other to stay connected now that the structure of their journey is complete. The travelers in the first on-site class are starting week 5 of their journey. The travelers who launched the program with me last September are all still in touch with each other and with me.
 
Three months seemed like such a long time to commit to at the beginning of the journey; by the end, it’s clear to everyone that it has passed in the blink of an eye.
 
All of these things are part of an experience that was only a gleam in my eye just one short year ago. I’m completely humbled by the trajectory it’s taken; there are already women signed up for the next Journey in September!
 
As I close my day with all this joy in my heart, I’m reminded of one of the quotes that is part of Bootstrap Words: Pull Yourself UP! ~ the first book I ever wrote in 1996.
 
“Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute! Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Only engage and the mind grows heated – begin it and the work will be completed.” ~ Goethe
 
And I am in earnest.

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