Somewhere between the doom and gloom world of our worst nightmares and the utopia of our deepest dreams and highest aspirations as human beings lies a body of work we must do—together—if we want to survive as a species. I know what that body of work is and today is the day I start engaging people in it. Today is the beginning of a grassroots global movement to awaken, engage, and unite humanity to literally create the New World that will generate and support a thriving new humanity. Today is the day I start asking you to create the New World with me. This blog is to be a record of our journey.
To say this is a ginormous leap for me is like saying the Grand Canyon is a hole in the ground. Hence, the excitement and the fear. See, I’m a normal person—a professional, a wife, a mother. I grew up in a typical blue-collar family. I eat healthy and exercise. I don’t smoke. I hook my seat belt without fail. I like to watch the hummingbirds from my front porch. I have no bestsellers, political affiliations or ambitions, religious associations, offshore bank accounts, or parking tickets. I even floss. The closest thing I have to a claim to fame is a resemblance to Ellen DeGeneres. People tell me we look alike, have similar mannerisms, a love for humanity and life, quirky humor, and mad dance moves. For me, it might be more like mad humor and quirky dance moves, but it’s close enough. So, imagine my surprise when I got whopped upside my head with The Purpose of My Life, and it turned out not to be setting the record for consecutive days of flawless flossing, but rather, a real, practical way for us to create our way out of the Giant Global Hairball we’re in. You know, that tangled mess of ugly, interconnected crises in every imaginable system of our global reality? That rolling chaos of downward spiraling mayhem that threatens the very survival and evolution of the entire human species on Earth? THAT Hairball.
Watching hummingbirds from the front porch and creating the New World to ensure the survival and evolution of the entire human species is a wee bit of a leap, is it not?
Clearly, it’s some kind of cosmic joke. And yet, I wonder.
Don’t get me wrong. I may be a regular gal, but I didn’t fall off the truck yesterday. It was at least a week ago. I do have over 25 years experience helping human systems become what they most want to become. I’m wired to see how the parts of a system relate to the whole and vice versa. I know the whole can’t be healthy if the parts aren’t and the parts can’t be healthy if the whole isn’t. I’m used to speaking to people and designing ways for them to grow and create cool things together. I’m really good at taking really big ideas and developing structures and strategies that translate them into practical collaborative action.
I’m not a fan of navel-gazing. My work has always been about action. If ever there was a time for collaborative action on the Mother-of-All Systems Change Projects, it’s now, don’t you think? Are you as tired of talking about it as I am?
Besides, my life isn’t nearly as boring as my impeccable dental hygiene and traffic safety record would indicate. I’ve managed to floss AND live on the edge a bit. For instance, I walked away from my nice, safe direct deposit career to attend to the Purpose of My Life, assemble a way forward for humanity, and get on with the program. I ride a purple Harley. And, not on the back, sister. Turns out, the Harley has a HUGE role in Creating the New World. Bet you didn’t know a hog could change the world (for clarification here, I'm speaking of the bike, not its rider). But, that’s another blog post.
In the end, being such an ordinary gal with an extraordinary mission may not be such a cosmic joke after all.
It may even be the whole point. The New World—one that can generate and support a thriving new humanity—won’t be created by the elite, with policies, in the halls of power. It will be created by ordinary people, with passion, in the heart of community. You know, in a way that is truly of the people, by the people, for the people and all Life, with the planet.
That’s what I’ve created—a way for us to do this together. And, for that to happen, we’re going to have to take that leap over our fear and into grander versions of ourselves. That’s what I’m doing today.
With the future of humanity at stake, I’m less concerned by my fear of stepping out than I am about what happens if I don’t.
Don't be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated; you can't cross a chasm in two small jumps. ~David Lloyd George