It was nearly ten years ago when I found myself at a crossroads. After years of monastic life – the only world I had known as an adult – I felt a pull in my heart that it was time to move on. I didn’t know what the future held, but I knew that I had grown as much as I could through that specific path. I took the leap, and through many twists and turns along the way, fortuitously found myself immersed in a new kind of service to TPP’s community of grantees, advisors, donors, and friends. For the last four years, this has been my great honor and joy.
An aspect of leadership that is rarely discussed, yet so important, is knowing when one has offered what was theirs to offer and that the time has come to move on. I have been deeply inspired by many things at The Pollination Project; notably, the heartivist principles we have advanced in service of a kinder, more compassionate world. At the same time, the power of those ideas leads me to explore them in new ways. I have accepted a new role that will allow me to experiment with other exciting avenues through which heartivism can unfold in diverse global contexts.
At the same time, I am honored to make space for Carolyn Ashworth, my co-conspirator in compassion these last two years, to accept the sacred responsibility of stewarding our mission moving forward. I have every faith in not just her skills, but also her heart for this work and for each of you.
This is not really farewell. I will continue to engage with The Pollination Project family, particularly as we grow in heartivism and seek to build a network of heartivist ambassadors all over the world. I hope to be a lifelong resource for this global community that I have invested in so deeply.
Thank you for these last four years; for the things I have learned, the ways I have grown, and the ways in which this community has expanded my own heart. Stay kind, compassionate, and keep leading with love.