Last Saturday night.
(And, finally, at 11:30pm, after eight hours in heels, also Achy Feet).
Human words never seem adequate enough to describe what happens here each time and what is felt throughout the night. It’s an evening and series of events that must be experienced.
I fail at the words.
Or, the words that come, fail me.
So, I’ll tell you this short story instead:
Before continuing with the lineup last night, Ms. Susan Barton, founder of A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project, activist and speaker and Kristine Carlson, best-selling author and speaker, were sitting next to each other in the front row.
Susan had just finished telling us her story of 20 years of incarceration and the last 20 of helping women like her re-establish themselves as agents of social change in their communities. I was kneeling over chatting with both of them.
As we spoke, she turns to Kristine and tells her the Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff series that Kristine’s late husband Richard and she inspired and wrote often consoled her throughout her time (she was incarcerated for a drug addiction that began after her son was accidentally killed).
These two women had never met before and that share of gratitude between them was made possible last night (photo of Susan and Kristine is the middle shot in the second row of photos).
In my entire creative life, I’ve never felt more grateful. For that moment, yes, and for everything, GGP has allowed people to do, feel and witness.
Thank you to all our founding friends and to the waves of ever growing new friends in attendance (we’ve gotten to a place where we have more people emailing us asking to come than we can fit) and thank you (to Susan Barton and her ever-growing purpose-filled organization, to Kristine Carlson for her heart and humor-filled sharing of her life of love and of her epiphany about her passion after heartbreak (congrats on Heartbreak to Wholeness), Dean Schaefer for being our resident love expert (script your life then have your partner supersize it!), Rachel Kann for starting us out with an insanely POWerful spoken word piece on passion, Scott Passaglia for his heart (always on) and for the rad couple hours of live music and to Josh, Papa extraordinaire, for saying yes to it all: this brainchild, this partnership, everything…
Enjoy your business, enjoy your life!
Life is good,