Thursday, July 2, 2015

Carry On, Warriors!

Oh, friends, what an incredible night last night was! My dear friend Sarah and I got dressed up, went out to dinner and then spent the rest of the night soaking in all the love and truth and hope that happens when you get to hear the fabulous Glennon Doyle Melton speak!

A couple of months ago when I was on my way home from that month's Deacons meeting I got a text from Sarah that said: "Glennon is coming to Weston!" Now, this was truly incredible because right before that moment we had *just* been talking about how much we would love to attend one of her events. Evidently, everyone in the New England area felt the same way we did and our collective love for Glennon and request for a New England speaking engagement (or two or three or four) was heard by G, and lo and behold there we were with tickets in hand for her first New England event! How fabulous was that?!

And so last night, along with 200 other women, Sarah and I sat and listened and laughed and cried and cheered. It was an incredible, empowering, life changing night. So much of what Glennon said resonated so very deeply within my soul, and there have definitely been many, many thoughts swirling around in my head ever since.

As if getting to spend almost two hours listening to her speak wasn't enough, after the event we were all invited to spend a few minutes talking with G, to have our copies of her beautiful book signed, and finally, to have a few pictures taken with her, too. It was amazing. Simply amazing.

Sarah and I were at just about the end of the line so we had a bit to wait before our turn came. During that time we chatted about some of what Glennon had talked about (and then chatted more about these topics- and our own stories that go along with them- during the car ride home). Grief, being authentic, what we can do to make the world a better place (especially with all that's going on in regard to race in our country). Oh, you know, just the usual deep conversations that you have while waiting in line. Finally, our turn came. She embraced each one of us individually and it was as if you were being embraced by a friend who you hadn't seen in years! She was so very sweet and told us she loved us, and we told her that we loved her and that we were her UCC cheerleaders (at one point during the evening she mentioned that she was a member of our beloved UCC so we had to send a cheer up for that, of course)! Oh, goodness, we could have spent so much longer talking to her but even in that brief few moments it was as if so much was said.

Thank you, Glennon, for being a truth teller and hope spreader and encouraging all of us canaries to continue being the truth tellers and hope spreaders and sensative souls that we are and always have been. Our beginner boots are definitely on the ground and we will continue to carry on and spread love, truth, hope and authenticity every where were go (but first we'll start with the mailman)! ! Love wins! xo

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