Your Next Step

I have found a new guide book for my life, that I would like to share with each of you.  It is by Mark Nepo and is titled The Book of Awakening: Having the Life you Want by Being Present to the Life you Have.

It is one of those books that is has a short 1 page reading for each day of the year.  Each day I am moved and sometimes shaken by the wisdom that is presented.  As I write this I am reflecting on the reading called Hospitality.

He says,  “ Often the purpose of love is for others to guide us, without expectation or interference, as far as they can go, so that we might begin.”

Oh my!  This has so much resonance for me at so many levels.  As a parent, as a friend, as a person who is on a transgender journey, this is a wonderful addition to the meanings of “love.”

Here, at First Event 2011, we our expressing our love to each of you.  In a sense, we are acting as guides, and bringing you to the edge of the water.  We are providing the workshops, the parties, and the venue to meet old friends and make new ones.  It is a place that provides the opportunities to both learn and play as much as you choose.

This year our theme is One Community.  No matter where you are under the TG umbrella, or where you are on your own individual journey, we have worked to provide something that can fill your thirst, if you are willing to take the next step.   As. Mark Nepo says, this step is for you and you alone to take.  We are there to encourage and support you in this, but the next step is truly yours!

Take a deep breath, and step forward.  Feel free to fill your thirst as much as you can.  “Go as far as you can go” I hope you enjoy First Event 2011.

My wish for you is that you know you are loved and have the strength to take your next step here at First Event 2011.

Grace Stevens,  Vice Chair, TCNE  and Co-Chair First Event 2011

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