It wasn’t long ago that there was a creeping feeling sneaking in on me that I did not welcome at all. For two decades, Sanctuary had been my dream, and in more recent years, the dream was a living reality. But lately I subconsciously found myself experiencing much of the mechanics of making Sanctuary happen as a burden. I felt a lot like the lone mule hitched up to a two bottom plow, and the furrows not yet turned went as far as the eye could see. The excitement of creating the dream was becoming a burden.
This past Saturday, our board of directors held a special four hour meeting to attempt to get clarity on our mission and vision. We’ve known in a general sort of way where we want to be for a long time, but when it came to specifics, we just couldn’t quite seem to get our hands around that leaping frog.
We were blessed to have a trained facilitator, Frank, join us for this session and guide us along with some various processes and questions that he brought to the mix. Wow, what an amazing process it was, and for me personally, an emotional transformation.
I won’t go into all the details of what we covered and discovered, but I will say that this experience took me out of the harness that was attached to the plow, that felt like dragging an anchor. Ironically, I now find myself metaphorically back in a harness, but this time, it has a much different feel to it. I might compare it to being one of a team of sled dogs, dancing around excitedly, barking with enthusiasm and anxious to get strapped in next to my sled partners. Instead of looking around and wondering how will I ever get this done, now I can look around and say to myself: “let’s get this sled going! We’ve got places to go, things to see, goals to accomplish, lives to touch!”. It’s amazing what a change in perspective can do.