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How wonderful it is that nobody

needs to wait a single moment

before starting to improve the world.

-Anne Frank

“If this only prayer you said in your entire life was ‘thank you’, that would suffice,” wrote Meister Eckhardt.

Sometimes it’s hard to say thank you. I find ease and get a lot of joy appreciating what I have in my life, and in expressing gratitude to others–including all of you in my community of clients, colleagues, friends, family. So THANK YOU for all of the ways you have informed my work, supported me, dedicated yourself to what inspires you….which inspires me.

However, when I look at our world, it’s often hard to stay hopeful and thankful: from injustice in Ferguson to the Senate “torture report” to the senseless killing of innocent children in Pakistan or slaughter of marine mammals in Japan.

The late winter holidays celebrate finding light and solace during a season where light is a scarce resource. I have tried to find this year-round in the practices of cultivating presence and in the process that I use in my work with individuals, groups, and communities.

A recent segment on 60 Minutes explored the growing popularity of mindfulness-not only among individuals, but in corporations and even the halls of Congress.

While there is urgent work to do in the world addressing both grave challenges and opportunities for change, it can only be enhanced-if not ultimately successful-by taking the time to be present and in designing a process that will support meaningful results.

This work is often undervalued–or forgotten–in creating lasting change, whether in the design and execution of a program or project, or on a broader movement level.

Intermediary and training organizations like The Movement Strategy Center and Generative Somatics are doing extraordinary work in supporting changemakers, organizations, and movements by integrating transformative practices around presence, health, and process with insightful strategy.

While my work, and examples of organizations like these support these efforts, its incumbent upon all of us to increase our own potential for presence, and the ways we design and use process creatively in effectively delivering on our goals.

Resolutions are popular at this time of year, and what you decide you’d like to recommit to is a great gift you can give yourself. The gift I’d like to bestow is simply the wish–as you continue your work in a world where it often might feel unappreciated or ineffective–that you find ways to remain healthy and engaged with yourself, your purpose, and others.

Krishnamurti wrote that “in the transformation of the self is the transformation of the world.”

Thank you for your dedication to both of these pursuits, and for your support as I celebrate the completion of ten years at DIG IN and the continuation of my own efforts to bring presence and process into the field of social change and sustainability.


December 2014