Leaving a Legacy
On November 11, 2014 I honored the first anniversary of my father’s death by spending most of the day outdoors either hiking or gardening—great loves he passed on to me. He was a man who left his wife, 4 daughters, grandchildren, and great grandchildren a strong legacy of determination, loyalty, hard work, and tradition.
In October Christina and I spent 3 weeks traveling and teaching in Europe to celebrate the release of The Circle Way in German. October 23-26 we gathered in Bregenz, Austria with 30 colleagues from 12 countries to celebrate the First Fire of the Next Generation of European Circle Carriers. These remarkable people are carrying circle work into the European Commission, into major businesses, into churches, into communities. It was a great honor to hear their stories and to be instrumental in introducing them to one another.
We are working a five-year plan to prepare our legacy work. Not retired, like my father was for many years, not gone, as he is now, but actively passing on the work of The Circle Way to people who are younger, highly skilled, and ready to take this work to a whole other level of influence.
In May 2013 we hosted the First Fire of the Next Generation of North American Circle Carriers on Whidbey Island. In May 2014 we hosted a second fire gathering on Whidbey Island. The work of circle IS being handed to the next generation of carriers. Christina and I are beginning to take our place at the rim with all of these fine folks—no longer in the center, but at the rim with everyone else.
The work of The Circle Way will go on long past our active days as PeerSpirit, Inc. We are in the delicate balance of not letting go too soon, yet delighting in the energy and competency of those stepping forward. I believe we are leaving a legacy of tradition, competence, and great heart. And we are thoroughly enjoying ourselves!