When I returned to this blog after a month-long hiatus, I mentioned that I'm part of more groups than I have been in quite a while. Reading Anne Lamott's short and wonderful book "Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers" reminded me how grateful I am that these groups -- nearly all new! -- exist.
From monthly dinner parties to twice-monthly action hours, from collective philanthropy to spaces for learning together -- all of these groups depend on women's imagination, energy, and generosity.
In the course of describing how and why she gives thanks, Anne Lamott mentions a line from one of Rumi's poems. "There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground," the Sufi mystic says. Whatever you can offer now, in this time, is perfect. It's yours.
I offer a deep bow to all the women in my city and across the country who are creating so many ways for us to grow and to act together. Thank you.
If you're in or near Portland, OR -- don't miss this new "Civics Series" benefiting the ACLU. If you're reading from elsewhere -- I'd love to know what creative gatherings are happening in your part of the world. Please share in the comments.