How can it already be January 31st? Hopefully I’m not alone in having a somewhat altered sense of the passing of time!
It’s a good time to check in and ask ourselves how we are doing with our feelings about being in this New Year; then go back and look at any intentions we set for ourselves to check if we’re still on the pathway towards whatever they might have been.
Remembering my intentions is a helpful mental activity and I love being reminded of that. It also brings me back to my Word for the Year, which is surrender. I love that this word, surrender, reminds me that I don’t have to figure everything out with my own Deb-mind; that there’s a Power for Good in the Universe which is mine to use. Believe me, I’ve been using it!
As I’ve shared in the blog before, this upcoming year portends a lot of known newness for our community, as well as a certain degree of unknown greater-yet-to-be-ness (which is the case for much of our world). And that’s okay! Heading into the unknown is where we get to practice the art of letting go, trusting and surrendering. Can you imagine how life would be if everything was predictable, safe and certain?
Many of you know we’ve sold our classroom and office space, the Peace Centre. We’re on an active search for our next physical space. For sure, we require a studio space for our Sunday livestream broadcasts. We desire a space for our classes and meetings. We’d like a hub for our community, a place to call ours. Also, I’m pretty sure for when the restrictions are opened up, we’d LOVE a space to gather for in-person community for our Sunday Celebrations (and for whatever times and events we’d love to do together). We found a potential building for sale and we’re going to be inviting those of you here in Kelowna who’d like to view it to come for a look-see and share your input. Keep your eyes open for the where and when of that.
Most of you know I’ve been kind of speaking around the idea of my retirement. I’ll be totally honest and share that there’s a part of me that can’t believe that I’m that old (big laugh out loud!) and that this is a very real thing to start planning. I love this community that Dr. Kenn and I started on October 17, 1993. It’ll be 29 years next fall. That love for you will always, always be true.
And… it’s time for its next leader and next expression. I love you all so much, to be honest there’s a part of me that resists even writing this down. But I know there’s a newness that wants to come in and I know that our community will thrive with new leadership and passion.
I’m sharing this now, because as far as my human mind can figure it out, I think I’m about a year out. At this point, am planning on retiring at the end of January 2023. I know that’s quite a ways out, but it’s important for me to give us all time and space to adjust to it, so we can mindfully make the transition to our ‘next’. I’m fondly calling this “conscious retirement” as I want to do it with awareness and grace.
I trust over this next period of time we’ll be able to do some celebrating of the old and joyous bringing in of the new as the year progresses. I’m also aware that this is going to be a process for me and maybe for some of you as we’ve been together for a long time.
I know for sure, we’re safe and guided in this progression. I’m also excited that the next leader will come in with fresh ideas, new vision and a love for our community that’s already incubating.
I’m here for any questions, conversations and feedback. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’d love to hear from you. You can email me at email@example.com.
Blessings All-ways, Dr. Deborah
If you missed yesterday’s Soul Food Sunday with Rev. Barb Samuel and Neal Klassen, and the talk titled Ancient Wisdom/New Thought, you can watch it (and other past services) on the CSLK YouTube channel.
“Some changes look negative on the surface; but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.”
— Eckhart Tolle
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