In the last couple of weeks, I have been feeling almost willingly out of touch.
Here in Mexico, as I walk on the long coconut tree-lined beach, as I see kids and adults smiling so big all day long, joking with each other - dogs chasing balls and running free, the Essences of Joy and Levity have often won over the darkness that I sense at home, the pieces that are sharp and deeply serious.
And yet, I am aware. Not at the volume experienced by a lot of my friends, but I am aware. And I am also aware that as much as I am currently drinking in the bliss, I am made in such a way that some action on my part is unavoidable.
What will it be?
As a start, and following a brainstorm with good friends over a couple of limonadas, we will be creating a full set of Sprinkling Signs in Spanish, and making it available to everyone who requests it, at any time. It's not huge, but it's something. Something that speaks of Inclusion.
Walking the beach, I am thinking of my little cottage, back home. That's certainly not huge either, but it's also ... something. Something with a couple of extra rooms, usually reserved for friends, family or Airbnb guests.
Feet moving on the sand, passing a few brightly colored hammocks, I wonder how these rooms could become a place of temporary refuge for someone who needs it, someone displaced. Maybe a small family. For a minute, I fantasize. I see my kitchen busy with exotic smells, the air dancing in a language I don't understand. I romanticize the whole thing. I keep walking.
When I woke up yesterday morning, in the darkness of my room, I asked. Tell me how I can serve. Please flow through me. I am not even sure who I am asking, I just deeply believe in co-creation, and I think that my first job is to ask. And then to pay attention.
This morning, I look at my emails, and there is a message from Airbnb, with the subject "Acceptance Starts with All of Us." I am guessing it went out to all their hosts.
I open it, I read it.
And where it says Learn More, I click.
And then I see the words "How do you want to help?" Followed by a clear, concise statement of intention:
We want to provide free short-term housing to 100,000 people in need,
in the next 5 years.
Followed by a clear concise invitation to partner in doing just that. Three options, two of which got my resonant YES.
In my work, I am blessed with some amazing partnerships. Partnerships with organizations which exist with the first goal of making the world a kinder, more inclusive place. One example is The Pollination Project, the gifts of which I cannot count, over the last 5 years. Partnerships with people and organizations which are bigger than us, with more resources too. When playing / working with these, life also gets bigger really quickly, which allows us to have more impact, make better things happen. This kind of relationships are a huge honor for me.
This morning, I am honored to be part of the Airbnb community. I feel privileged to be one of their hosts, and as such, to be invited to be part of making some sharp pieces a bit smoother.
Once again, I am deeply, deeply grateful for Divine Partnerships and Divine Timing.
Today I invite you, if you feel overwhelmed and as though you are too small to make any ripple - to ask. Just ask. My guess is a Divine Invitation will come your way very soon.
Essential Happiness Retreat
January 10 to 20, 2019
Guadeloupe, French Caribbean
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I write because this is the way I am able to taste life more deeply.