For such a time as this.

We are dreaming. And living our dream. We are looking for a place which aligns with who we are and what we do. We can’t go back, though the temptation to do so comes often, and seems so much like common sense. Who does this? Who launches themselves out into the world like this?

We do.

After all, what do we have to lose?

Ten years ago, I nearly died. And no matter how terrified I feel sometimes, I know what it feels like to be dying, and this isn’t it. No job. No home. No security. And I’m not dying from this. I’m not afraid, because those things are not what living is. I’ve never felt more alive,

Five years ago, I almost lost my man forever. I let him go, knowing I may never see him alive again. But I believed in Gods goodness for us both, even when all our history and all our future was dissolved in hopelessness. And we found each other again.

For such a time as this.

I don’t know what’s going to happen – only what if like to happen. We want to help people heal, the way we were helped to heal. And not in a breeze in – make a fuss – breeze out kind of way. In a long, stable, even boring kind of way. In community. In relationship. Over time. We are all on a healing journey, and it doesn’t need to be solo, in the dark, where others can’t see or reach. There is no shame in healing, and we need each other to do it.

I know in my heart it’s not really about a place. It’s about us. We are that place. The land, the space, the shelter will come when we inhabit it. I believe this.

If I could tell you anything, I would tell you –

This is not the end,
This is not all there is,
There is hope.
There is healing.
You are enough. Always were.
Your love is good. Your heart is good.
It can be okay. It can. It will.
You’re good, and healing is for you.
You’re going to be all right.

Sweetheart, if love and healing is for me, it’s also for you,

Lots of love,
Jo xxx

Go To it

God gave you this purpose, this dream driving you. He shares your excitement about the goal, and you can trust Him, because everything you need to learn about how to do it will be part of the journey. If you come across any gatekeeper between you and your purpose who uses shame, doubt, lack of trust in your ability or experience or plain old superiority to try and keep you small and afraid, know they are not His representative. He trusts you. He believes in you. He loves you. And He knows you’re absolutely worthy and capable of all your success.

Now, go to it!

Waking Up The Walking Dead – What Happens When You Decide To Fully Live

Mulling Howard Thurman quote “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” Great quote. I remember reading this a couple of years ago and thinking yes, this is how I want to live my life. And I believe I have been pretty much ever since.

But I’d like to add a caveat. Here’s what they don’t tell you. Some people won’t like it when you come alive. If you insist on fully being alive in any particular role, environment or sphere, you had better be prepared for a backlash.

For my part, whilst being engaged in the things that make me fully alive I have found that my energy, enthusiasm and passion has come naturally to me, and have had a positive effect on those around me. I think it’s because people know life when they see it, and they know it’s something they want too. I know this was the case with me, and it’s what made me want to stop merely doing things I was good at for the kudos and the rewards, and start doing things I had no idea how to do because that’s what made me ‘alive’ – scared, totally out of my depth and utterly intimidated, but so close to realising what I was made to do I couldn’t resist doing it. But not everyone is inspired being in the presence of someone passionate, someone who is prepared to take risks, someone who is not afraid to begin again as a novice even though they have experience somewhere else for the sake of being where they are meant to be doing what they are meant to be doing. Some don’t like it one little bit.

That’s essentially what your critics are. They are the people who have found a place of safety and security, and who hate your ability to stretch beyond your own. They despise their own fear, but more than that, they resent your ability to transcend yours. A critic is not someone to be feared. They are to be smiled at. They help you understand you’re doing something that scares most people half to death.

But there is one step beyond critics; the walking dead. These are the ones who have managed to get up out of being ineffective, self-absorbed and insecure, and have found a way to succeed but without shining or taking any risks whatsoever. They like to fashion themselves into leaders of the lying down dead. As long as everyone is in various stages of dead, the zombies are okay. But when you turn up, breathing and jumping around and acting like not being a walking dead person is a viable option, they get mad.

Zombies know that criticism is for amateurs. Faced with someone who threatens to show them up for the walking dead they really are, zombies pull out the big guns.

I can’t tell you exactly what those big guns are. It will depend largely on what sphere you’ve decided on. Suffice to say, the walking dead will do whatever it takes to stop you from reminding them what life is supposed to look like. They will try and tell you that’s not how we do things here. They will have you convinced that mediocrity is an option and you are ‘too much”. But don’t listen. It’s not impossible to survive the wiles of the walking dead. But it will take all the wisdom, all the faith, and all the patience you can muster.

Good luck.