Happiness is not so much in having as sharing. We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. Norman MacEwan
I was looking for some pictures to send to my son’s teacher for their yearbook and I came across this picture of us on stage at a Homeless Cafe event I co-facilitated. When I saw it I immediately had a emotional sense of happiness and fulfillment.
Although we are partners in a coaching, facilitation, consulting; it’s only on occasion that I have the opportunity to work with my husband who is an amazing graphic recorder and graphic facilitator. One of his dreams and goals is that Eli works with us.
The opportunity for us to partner and have Eli join us showed up out of his dream and ability to take action. Based upon the information we received prior to the even, our son at age 7, is the average age of a homeless child from our area in Seattle. Tim casually said I think it would be perfect to have him there as a visual for those attending the conference.
I have to admit that it took me a bit to wrap my head around this thought. After brainstorming how we could incorporate him, we decided that he would “ring the bell” between cafe sessions (we used the World Cafe as a methodology at this event). We shared our insight with our sponsors and got the nod to move forward.
Eli took the day off from school. He got his own name tag – his very first “business name tag,” wore his business dress up clothes, with sneakers of course, and was ready to go.
What did Eli think of all of this?
The first half of the day was a novelty and quite exciting. Early afternoon I was grateful to take out a couple books from the next door library which he quietly read in the corner.
He told me he thought that our work would be more funner, all people do was talk. At least they got to draw a little (part of the Cafe), but mom school is more funner because we have 4 recess times. He loved going out for dinner as a post celebration.
Tim got his dream of Eli working with us. I had my own dream realized – pure happiness, aka internal contentment – all three of us being together in a meaningful way – as well as doing work that makes a difference in this world.
What’s your dream that you want to put into action?
Do you have uplifting quotes to keep yourself motivated?
What will it take to make it a reality – sooner than later?