I’m finishing up a summer round of Just Five Things. As is often the case, I have mixed feelings when a course comes to a close. On the one hand, I’d love to keep going because the work with my students is so, so good (they are amazing). On the other hand, I’m ready to step back (running a heart-centered course requires time and effort).
The more online classes I run, the more I see how wonderful it is to gather in community. I’ve taken various classes online myself and some lend themselves to community building more than others; it all depends on the course material and the guide/instructor. From the beginning – with my first round of 28 Moments – I have been keen to create spaces that support community, encourage growth, and feel safe. I want to share dedicated content that I’ve created for my students (for you) and I want to do it in a thoughtful, heartfelt, gather-in-close kind of way.
Just Five Things, in particular, lends itself to repeat participation. Because of this, I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know some of my students over time. This is a true privilege. Time and time again, I am touched deeply by the honest conversations and the open hearts. The students in my classes thank me…but, so often, I want to thank them (and I do). It’s all a bit magical. But know that there’s effort behind that magic. From me, yes. Also, from my students. They dive into the work, and I see them bloom. I watch them celebrate their own magic.
Because some of my students come back for multiple rounds, I’ve been privy to delightful intimacies. I know one woman’s favorite cereal. I know another woman’s favorite summertime vegetable. I know the color of one woman’s favorite mug. I know who’s moving house and who’s retiring. I know one woman who doesn’t care much for exploring prompts pertaining to food (but she will do it, if it comes up). I know several women who have recovered from debilitating illness and accidents. I know women who work hard daily to manage chronic health conditions. I know women just entering motherhood and I know women with the wisdom that comes with years of motherhood. Best of all…I know countless women who have the biggest of hearts. I have learned tender things about beautiful people.
It’s wonderful when I can create work that speaks to my heart which, in turn, speaks to the hearts of others. When I wrap up a class, I step away from the experience with a fuller heart, with a renewed sense of what life is and what this world can be. Today, I want to say thank you: thank you for being here in this space. Whether you’ve taken my classes or you read this blog, whether you receive my Monthly Notes or follow me on Instagram (any, or all of the above!), thank you. I could not do this work without you. The community, the back-and-forth…it’s a joint effort. In this tiny corner of the world where you and I explore the tiny, tiny moments, I feel so much love.
Thank you. Thank you.
Sending a little love your way, m