Women and Emerging Futures

The next wave of my own evolution lies in exploring the potential of women to profoundly shape our world. Not only if women can but if women will...do what is required to make the difference. This demands redefining our notions of 'leadership' and reclaiming meaningful expression for women. To progress beyond historical notions of evolution through incremental change, we must redefine what it is to be human - and women are the key.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Entrepreneurial Women

It's been a busy day on the outside but a quiet one on the inside. As much as there is always a barrage of emails and phone calls, my inner state is one of quiet watching. What am I watching for? I wonder.....

I feel such longing for....something! Something new and different. Something stunning and outstanding! Something compelling and provocative that punches through the repetitive and the mundane. No matter how brilliant a thought might be, thinking it over and over again; living it every day and feeling caught in its brilliance leaves me flat and lifeless. I can appreciate why people who spend their lives achieving wealth and success are also the ones who end it all. It's never about the destination, it's always about the adventure of the trip.

I'm aware of so much repetition in our world. The details of the story change and yet, it is the same story. Fill in the blanks and nonetheless, the outcome is always the same: stuck in what we know and who we believe ourselves to be.

Today, what emerged into my future is the framework for a new four-day retreat experience with and for entrepreneurial women. We are not like others. The very things that often leave others finding us annoying or unrealistic or pig-headed are at the very core of our capacity to create and manifest what we want.

The capacity to stand alone. The capacity to see what others cannot yet distinguish. The willingness to invest all of who we are into what we do. The desire to have what we do be a reflection of who we are, rather than a collection of tasks that produce a result. The capacity to hold to the dream and allow it to be in flow, even when others have long lost hope. The capacity to pay attention to many things at once - and not let go. The ability to have every experience stand as a marker of our own evolution, no matter what the outcome. These are the things we move toward.

We are drawn to the impossible, the improbable and the unlikely. We look beyond what attracts and seek what lies beneath and holds the attraction in place. We think and move in leaps and bounds; move through things in chunks; and when the dust settles, look back to notice how we did it. As much as we often find ourselves doing it, waiting for others is not what we do best. And yet, without a capacity for inclusion, what's the point of it all?

Emerging Futures: Entrepreneurial Women is coming. It is forming itself, even as I write this. From claiming the truth of my own experience, I know that it will nourish, replenish, provoke....it will invite and allow....and it will welcome my unrest and that of others as it takes on a life of its own. Those are the best moments! The ones that begin to rise out of seeming banality and become a wave that takes us all to new shores, new ideas, new ways of engaging. And it happens in the blink of an eye. And to think that it all started because someone noticed the way the light was hitting the water....

I, for one, am ready for much more, much faster. I'm ready for that next great leap of expanding and acceleration; that next expression/conversation that will be welcoming. And 'welcoming' seems to be a very important aspect of this process. Nothing to brace against; nothing to prove; no races, competitions, challenges; no winners or losers. Rather, the Space to relax, consider, ponder, explore....all with eyes wide open and expectations big enough for a much larger life to flow into. In these moments, none of the rules apply.

It will happen sooner rather than later.

Breathing is good.....

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