Reinvention. In my humble opinion this is truly the word of our times. I have described my personal journey since taking an early retirement after nearly 30 years with state government, as a time for reinventing myself. Indeed, in the last few years I have been through a 180 degree transformation on most every level of my being; from exhausted to energized, from near despair to hopeful, from physically depleted to robust health, from swimming against the current to going with the flow, from limited vision to an awareness of unlimited possibility. That’s not to say I have not experienced “one step forward, two steps back”. In fact, that dynamic has occurred over and over again. Just the same I feel myself transformed moment by moment, like a slow and steady turn on the lathe.
I am delighted by how often I hear from people who are “reinventing” themselves and their lives. People from all walks of life are hearing a call from deep within their being to imagine a life that far surpasses what we have been taught to believe, or been warned away from challenging. We are beginning to look beyond what we have known, actively searching for a new paradigm; one that supports creative consciousness, that nurtures open dialog and meaningful understandings, that respects humanity and allows healing solutions for our planet. Contrary to what we might hear from the media, we see this evolution toward a better humanity and a better world happening within and all around us; with the people we meet, the organizations we support, the peaceful grassroots revolutions. We are choosing to change our lens; to see the infinite potential for beauty and brilliance.
Since its inception, Mercey Springs has been a model of this perspective for me. We don’t do all things perfectly, but we have dared to do things differently. We seek a higher vision for all of humanity, charting a new paradigm from a grassroots level: one connection, event, discovery, and community at a time; small differences that radiate out like the ripples in a pool. We turn to the impulses of our collective heart for guidance and are coming to understand new ways to operate, as economic challenges continue to diminish our resources. This work takes creativity, energy, and courage. It takes the rejuvenating influence of fresh faces and inspiration. It takes the vision and open minds of those who are ready to step up and make a difference, for themselves and others.