3R’s and 3W’s

September 3rd, 2013 | Posted by Barbara Belknap in Activation | Circles | Gatherings
The women of Dutch Harbor are resilient and engaged in their community.

The women of Dutch Harbor are resilient, engaged women.

Barbara Belknap on a bunker in Dutch Harbor, Alaska.

Barbara Belknap on a bunker in Dutch Harbor, Alaska.

Do you have little scraps of paper in and around your desk or table? Are there scribbled notes in the margins of the meeting agenda? Early this morning, I was getting ready for our Gather the Women Conveners call and there was a hard copy of an email from Angie Lux, our Treasurer, on top of a stack of paper. It was dated September 19, 2011. At the bottom was a P.S. saying, “Also I was thinking about what we want to learn at the Gathering would be something like: to learn or remember who we are, to reaffirm how we wish to be, and to recommit to what we as Gather the Women are called to do. (We could call it the 3Rs.)”  Then, in a self-deprecating font, Angie wrote, “Okay, I get carried away.” But, in the margin I wrote:
3 R’s
Remember or learn who we are.
Reaffirm how we wish to be.
Recommit to what we are called to do.

In the same stack of paper were three small pages of notes torn from the back of my date book. They were about creating a Vision Board. It took me a minute to recognize them as my scribbled notes from a women’s conference in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, last fall. I was the Keynote Speaker during lunch, but then I was free to attend the workshops that appealed to me.The title on the page was “Vision Board”, and I had captured presenter Michelle Cochran’s suggestions:
Who am I?
What do I want?
What is my purpose in life?

Michelle had recently completed a session with Deepak Chopra at his Center and shared some of her learning with us. The women of Dutch Harbor amazed me. They couldn’t be much further from just about everything, but they were incredibly learned and spiritual beings. A scrawled note I took during her presentation was, “Speaker Mike Dooley. Totally Unique Thoughts. www.tut.com”.

Coming full circle here today, I went to the website and here was the gift of my totally unique thought:

“In all battles of the heart over the mind, go with your heart.
Because, truly, Barbara, it’s a lot easier for your mind to catch up
with your heart, than for your heart to catch up with your mind.
Not that I don’t love your mind, Barbara.”


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