My work is global, my dream is global, I support local: here’s why. I believe that everybody, almost, in all the world desires one thing more than anything else. I believe that most people desire to be connected to the people in their lives. Not just “hey how are you” connected but, “I care how you feel,” connected. I believe there is a huge transformation in this world from fearful to fearless when it relates to being connected.
Look, it’s a big, huge, small world. What happens in one corner of this magnificent world can no longer be ignored. Think “99 %” and Malala Yousfzai and the recent tragic gang rape of a young woman in India. Or Fearless Felix aka Felix Baumgartner who jumped out of a space ship while live streaming the entire jump. I sat on the edge of my chair the entire time this streamed: it was so breath taking to behold.
Everybody can get access to news and events now: well almost everybody. With almost 7 billion people living right now in every corner of the world.: that’s billion with a “b” Billion : how can we NOT be connected?
Here’s the thing about being connected through social media in my humble opinion. It is hard to turn your back/to close your eyes/ to cover your ears/ to silence your voice when good (or bad) things happen miles away because you are witness to it in some fashion. I believe (with all my heart) that this will be the beginning of a new way for humans to “be.”
Fearless Connection is what I call the work I do. I have worked with people all around the world: I know I’m changing their lives because they tell me so. The bigger picture from this work is that they (in turn) change the lives of other people they come in contact with. Isn’t that a beautiful thing?
My belief is that if somebody is in need and I have a way to be able to help them I will. It’s just who I am and I know that to the depths of my soul. I am happy to connect people up/ to suggest they meet up with somebody I know to help them out/ to contact somebody I have met to share knowledge with them/ to ask questions from a colleague of mine who can help with their dilemna. I see it as a fine tapestry: each person I meet is a thread in this tapestry and together the fabric of life is beautiful and warm and cozy.
Through this fearless connection I have made many many new friends. In 2012 I have to say that the connection with my OWN Ambassador group of friends has had the biggest impact thus far. It was through them that I went to LA with Shelley Harris and Nada Smith and other Canadian OWN ambassadors to OYOU 2012. It was through them that we all met the US OWN Ambassadors including Lia Kieth Taurence Armstrong and Sandy Abrams. We even met up with Megan Castran another OWN ambassador from Australia. All of these people are creating amazing lives for other people besides themselves including these. http://www.doitinadress.com/ fine organizations. http://www.sisterbration.com/ (there are so many folks I truly would fill the entire page with them all. Each one is worthy and honest and helpful.)
It was because of one fearless ask by Nada that we all were invited to a private lunch with Oprah and her team during the conference in LA. O magazine hosted the conference and they did a fantabulous job. The entire Oprah team was involved in the private lunch and/ to be sure/ every detail was finely tuned. The event was exquisite and life changing for all of us. That I know for sure.
It was through this group that I was invited to share a story on OWN Canada Life Story Project which has just hit the airways. One of the hosts Dale Curd interviewed me on the day I sat on the purple couch at Sunnyside Park in Toronto. Dale doesn’t know this but I spoke to a rather nervous woman who was also going to be on the show. She was there with her husband Devon. Her name was Marie. Marie shared a story of hope with me and then she shared it with Dale on the purple couch and soon it’ll be shared on the airwaves on OWN Canada through the Life Story Project. In that short conversation I had with Marie we had a fearless connection. We shared heart stories. In two days we will share a meal and some great stories and a whole lot of love because Marie is coming to my town.
That’s the power of Fearless Connection: somewhere what you are doing is making a difference and somebody is thinking of you and saying “thanks for stepping up. Thanks for helping me believe that I matter in this world” ( a quote from my most beloved mentor Oprah)
My wish for you is that you take these words and you share them out: begin your own Fearless Connection with people you meet. Offer to listen deeply, to not judge, to be honest and open and truthful and, when you can, no matter how small the act may seem to you, offer to help. It is often the smallest of things that make the biggest difference.
Now go be fearless!