Dr. Rita's Blog
Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. Not only because the colors on the Minnesota trees are spectacular, but because fall is when I do my yearly retreat with my leadership cohort.
This year was our 21st retreat.
We saw the potential
We had a taste of how we could create a space that offered us true support and camaraderie that we couldn’t find anywhere else. And we wanted more. So we decided we would get together every year for our own leadership retreat.
Early on we recognized that there was something unique and valuable about what we were creating as a group. Somehow we knew that being a member of the Kokopellis held the potential for each of us to learn and grow in a way that would make our lives richer.
We are committed to living our lives by being present to the full range of emotions and being conscious about who we wanted to become. We’ve been through marriages and divorces, births and deaths, good health and health challenges. Our relationships with each other have weathered the ups and downs inherent in any relationship that is worth having.
It would be easy to say I got lucky, but that would not be true. I recognized the value of being part of a group that had the courage to be honest and loving. I invested my time, my energy and my vulnerabilities.
It’s been worth every second and so much more.
Who are the people you invest your time, your energy and your vulnerabilities with?
If you can answer that question easily, good for you. If you’re not sure who those people are, take some time to reflect. If you don’t have them, consider how you could find them and cultivate relationships that care and support you—both personally and professionally.
It’s an investment worth making.
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