Earth teach me to forget myself as melted snow forgets its life. Earth teach me resignation as the leaves which die in the fall. Earth teach me courage as the tree which stands all alone. Earth teach me regeneration as the seed which rises in the spring.
I chose this quote to begin this blog as a means of generating a conversation amongst ourselves. I truly believe that if we are about transformation, dismantling old notions that are detrimental to how we live our lives, we must engage in this endeavor together in collaboration, respect, and acknowledgment.
I believe that if we listen, pay close attention to each other, and to what surrounds us, we can find many lessons that will guide us into a new path of healing, knowing, and regeneration. The more we talk and discuss issues that are relevant to our lives both personally and professionally, we will begin to see patterns emerge. From these patterns, we will be able to discern a path forward.
Let us start with my first contention: No one person has the ultimate expertise, knowledge, and power. If we are about transformation and dismantling harmful notions, what does that look like? This process must be a shared, collective, collaborative endeavor. We must create a shared frame of reference and shared language if we are to change how we behave, how we interact with one another both personally and professionally and, ultimately, at the community level. So, let’s begin together.
How about we start with permission to human? Let’s self-reflect for now.
Given what we collectively experienced together: world-wide pandemic; fear and anxiety; economic and job uncertainty; political rife and division; social justice; power/privilege and race reckonings; and climate impact, how would you describe where you are at now?
How have you engaged in self-care?
How would you define regeneration on a personal level?
What are you hoping to find in your participation with Next San Diego?
I look forward to your engagement and discussion. Let’s see where this leads us.