The Splendorful Path is not easy. If it were, we’d live in Eden. We don’t.
Yet the more you walk this path, the more baggage you drop. The more you begin to radiate durable beauty. You see more life around you, and you are better able to create space where there had been no space for curiosity, learning, healing, and even laughter to enter. In short, you get life and community.
Did you ever wonder how the late US Representative John Lewis looked so radiant as an older man? Did he not know he was dying of cancer? Did he not know that voting rights – rights he paid for in his blood a few miles from my childhood home- were being rolled back? How could this man possibly be dancing? How could he radiate such delight?
Did he not get the memo?
Rep. Lewis’s path shows us the way. His goals and the goals, practices, habits, and networks of many like him around the world are infused into the rich landscape of the Splendorful Path.
Splendorful Path mentors are not easy to find.
This wisdom takes a long time to develop and requires a network of people who help others grow.
Many offer peace-building skills but not a rich understanding of the ultimate goal (Beloved Community and Flourishing Individuals ). A few spiritual communities mentor leaders well. I helped scale the Duke Center for Reconciliation which is for Christians, and I launched its summer institute to train leaders in Christian-steeped reconciliation, one of the few integrated offerings available (and now in its 11th year). But what if you aren’t called to be a Christian?
There are few opportunities for mentorship (developing skills, habits, capacities) in this space. Practitioners are busy, and often only have one part of the solution: the business skills OR the activist skills OR the people skills. (They also tend to be chippy fighters!) Scholars, priests, coaches, and consultants often have a shallow view of what it takes to move a community towards the thriving community. They can only work with you for a short period of time and usually offer only one or two skills or master plans. Skills are not enough. You need the capacity to alchemize a group of angry people into a thriving community.
The good news is with mentoring, maturity and experience, you and your community can get better.
Mentoring, Coaching, Workshops, Gardens
Please contact me for a 30-minute consultation (free).
This call is not a sales call. This is a conversation to hear what is going on. If I can help then, I do and we need have no further conversation. If the challenge is deeper, then we will conclude the call and decide if we wish to write an agreement together about what needs to be done with a cost estimate. Many things can be resolved quickly without getting to that stage.
Workshops: Brown bags, 90-minute overviews, and half-day or full-day sessions
Mentoring: This is a combination of teaching, coaching and networking in groups or individually
Coaching: I am a certified coach (PCC, ICF) who works with clients to build their capacity to meet their goals.
Play & Reintegration Gardens: I foster, build and support impactful civic gardens and parks to support family and community reconciliation and reintegration. One of my highest honors was to be called the “Mr. Rogers of Rick’s Place,” a park for US service members returning from down range.
Workshops with the Choose Love Movement: I lead team-building workshops & coaching through the Choose Love Movement. Go to their website- which has a host of no-cost lifespan solutions- and click in “Work” or reach out to me here. A portion of all proceeds helps keep the movement free in schools! (2 million served and counting! It’s a great program!)