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I’m feeling excited, supported, and just-the-right-amount of “how will it work out?” nervous to begin our 6th quarterly season of Intentional Society. Today I’ve reached confidence that this is the right time to begin a big shift in our meta landscape — from “James leads all the stuff” to “this is a capable community effort.” Well, possibly the right time was even earlier, who truly knows, but I’m feeling it in the maturing call structure, the strong core group, the cultural foundation, and the momentum of group size. Now, it would be a big mistake if we didn’t start reducing the bottleneck of my leadership and perspective being so dominant. Instead of the-James-show, we can unleash the ready creativity and capability of other members to contribute their leadership, starting with the facilitation of some sections of our general sessions. Simple, yet very visible.
There are moving parts and fiddly bits to navigate along the way: minimum-viable roles and responsibilities, skill-matching and feedback, coordination, scheduling, nominating-and/or-volunteering, etc. But I’m feeling pretty sanguine towards all that, with a feeling of lightness in my bodymind contemplating the imminence of entering a phase shift that no longer smells like “letting go” (with the connotation of things falling down or given up) but like trusting and grateful interdependence and mutual support. And (reminder to myself of previous learning) I don’t need to shrink myself or my leadership to do it. It’s not a zero-sum game. Maybe “you own this too” should be a mantra for me as we walk this direction. 😆
So that evolution excites me at the meta level. Perhaps integration, of being-and-doing or other polarities, might guide us in our content-level explorations for a bit, as I touched on last week, even while we continue deepening our foundational strengths. I’m stoked, as the kinds probably no-longer even ironically say these days. I will say it sincerely, then, post-ironic sincerity. Let’s go!