Work shouldn’t be this much fun.

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Note: In May of this year my position at KIDS Center here in Bend, Oregon, was reorganized for budgetary and organizational efficiency. Possibly good for the organization—difficult for me personally, but immensely rewarding as a time to refocus, reframe and challenge myself. During the ensuing months, my beloved friends and family have worked on me to start doing what I love, and quite possibly what I’ve been prepared for my whole life: sitting with people who are actively looking to find truth, wisdom, meaning inf their lives. And to be paid for it! Of course, I resisted. And yet, I painted my spare bedroom, furnished it with love and very little that needed to be bought, ordered business cards at vistaprint.com and started sitting with people in August. The business is called ‘Finding Ground’. It is ‘companioning for life transitions’ because…sometimes all any of us need is a savvy traveling companion. And that, I am! I have also started a website with that name and would be honored for any of you to visit! And while you’re at it…come over and see my ‘companioning room’ and have a cup of tea with me! Click here for contact info.

I will be starting a new job at Central Oregon Council on Aging later in October. I will continue to build the Finding Ground business, visiting with my growing list of companions in the evenings and on weekends. It is work that I love and my community has called me to do. I am so grateful to friends and family who have encouraged me to move forward, move past my insecurities and hesitations, and sit down. Seems like the least I can do. Maybe it’s the most.

The following is a repost from Finding Ground. Would love to have your impressions, ideas, input on this new venture! I do long-distance companioning as well as face to face. I also look forward to working with children and youth who might benefit from my years of children and teen grief related work.

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Hiking in Great Basin National Park, Nevada, August 2010. Here’s some ground-to-be-found, for sure, in an ancient bristlecone pine forest at about 12,000 ft atop Mt. Wheeler!

It shouldn’t be this much fun.

I guess we could quibble about my definition of fun. But for here, for now, it means that the intersection of two souls is a space of infinite possibilities, gratitude and grace.

Here’s how it goes.

People knock on the door. We greet each other, get a cup of tea or water or coffee. We sit down, chat a moment, ring some chimes, breathe together and start.

What arrives in the room is our human angst, our struggles for meaning, purpose. Our boredom, lack of centeredness, hopes and fears. What we discover, as we dig to find ground, is our humanity, our connection. We laugh together at our foibles and the stories we make up. We cry together at our shared pain. We hold the suffering of our selves and others with great tenderness. And in this space of openness, we stumble over hope. As we close our dialogue, we often make an appointment for another time together, perchance to go deeper.

This isn’t work. This is sacred play. I feel so honored to be a traveling companion to the folks who come, trusting their instincts and mine.

It shouldn’t be this much fun. But it is.

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“Let my traveling companion in tough times be someone familiar with rugged terrain, someone acquainted with struggle, not theory, someone bruised into insight.” -Balfour Mount, M.D

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