The question I posed to him about a year and a half ago was a mushy one, so for those of you not into gooey love or public shares of affection, close your eyes:
“…how can we use the love and mutual respect felt between us for more?”
Josh Mandel and I had worked together in advertising early on, had created a baby eight years after that and had started a grief “he said, she said” blog after Dino died (eight years after creating the baby), but it had been a while since we had come together to do more with what we had between us.
There’s so much that can be done (TO be done!) with those that give you life.
Anyway, out of this question, the Greater Good Party was born. That’s the short of the long.
Tomorrow we fly to Austin to co-lead another GGP (our 9th), the new school, old fashioned house party that aims to help communities connect and deepen in relationship, while also moving people to take the purpose or legacy project that’s likely been on the back burner of their life and move it, finally, to the front burner.
For those of you who don’t know, the night is filled with song, poetry, speakers and meaningful conversation with some pretty optimistic people.
As we travel around, help others plan GGPs, and more deeply understand what it means to do great good, one thing we’ve come to find is that in each city, the GGP is helping to connect hosts with their larger community (something most of us didn’t even know we desired until we have it) — with new friends professionally and personally.
Amanda and Matt, our Austin co-hosts/leaders, are new to the city and have 80 people attending (amazing response for them…lots of new friends and/or deeper relationships being created).
Three days after returning from Austin, we host 50 people for a GGP, specifically, for the Transcendental Meditation organization here in LA.
It‘s been some of the busiest months building and keeping MGI and family life going, but when I think about what this is doing, I can’t help but welcome lots more of it (as I type that, a hummingbird is playing outside my window).
I’m grateful to bountiful self-care lately (and — can’t forget this love) for giving me the energy needed to keep pulling life off.
Austin, here we come!
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Life is good,