People have been reaching out to me and inquiring more about starting a group in their area centered upon personal awakening and the book Owning Ourselves.
When they’ve reached out and asked, they have been met with very encouraging responses. Still, they describe how simple it is to feel a connection with someone, even within a random conversation, and yet how unnerving it can be to actually step into suggesting to someone a website to visit, a book to read and then to extend an invite to them to attend a group that’s forming to discuss the whole darn thing. It all seems a bit forward.
I smile (and have to tell them I’m smiling because we’re doing this through email). I tell them that it only seems to be a bit forward because we’re so used to holding ourselves and goodness back. I remind them that stepping into goodness will always need honesty and courage. It’s the same for all of us. And we all feel better about ourselves when we do.
When someone I’m talking with and feeling comfortable with (not necessarily someone I even know…like a check out person, or the person in line behind me at the coffee shop) volunteers to tell me about a good band that’s playing somewhere, or a good restaurant they’ve recently been to or a good repair company they’ve recently used, I don’t take offense. I might be a tad surprised, even mildly amused, but still, I genuinely thank them and try to remember the information so that I can check it out if I care to. The universe is giving us freebies all the time. If we’re paying attention.
So when we meet or know someone who seems to be seeking or attuned or open minded, inviting that person into a group discussion is like inviting them to a party.
Of course, they will decide for themselves if they’d like to or not.
Either way is fine with us.
The party is happening.