Image“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”      JFK

Last November I made a big decision to join the Bay NVC Leadership Program.  The reason this decision held weight was because of the cost, the time, and the commitment.  What led me to saying yes was my intense desire to make my career path one that helps each person thrive in the uniqueness of self while authentically connecting with each other.  I saw this program as being one that would support this desire and so I made the commitment.

Let me tell you, it was not always easy!  I went to gain skills and enhance the work I do with my clients and ran straight into myself, frayed edges and all.  The amazing part of coming face to face with myself was the realization that I was holding myself hostage by attempting to keep at bay the pain from events and choices made along the way.  I found that turning to face what lives in me as pain is like eating cotton candy.  The pain dissolves, even as the event which triggered it remains.  As I shift my relationship to the event, I grow in who I am, in the strength of who I am.  Easy?  No.  And yet, it gets easier or maybe I am more willing to fully experience life.  I am no longer running away or blaming anyone when things are challenging.

I did deepen my learning in Non-Violent Communication through the Leadership Program, for sure.  And, I also know that one of the most powerful tools I am walking away with is the experience of fully being present with myself.  Because of this, I am able to be fully present with others.  In this, I am able to offer my clients the best of who I am in my profession.  I can have an understanding of the courage it takes to fully live in the uniqueness of one’s own life.                                     K.B.