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It was a stressful day yesterday. My partners daughter (who I adore) was in a school lock down drill that was incredibly scary for her. Our political situation feels perilous. On top of an already full work day, an opportunity to submit a large proposal surfaced – and it has a tight turn around time.

So, when it was time for my men’s group to meet at my house, I was tired and not very enthusiastic. Part of me wished it wasn’t happening.

And then … the magic happened.

5 men sitting in a living room talking very honestly about violence. That was our topic – both violence in our own lives and what’s happening collectively.

I forgot the magic of sitting in a circle where powerful truthtelling is happening.

I forgot the magic of being witnessed by people who care and are paying attention.

I forgot the magic of witnessing in a committed community.

It is so easy to forget in busy and stressful times.

This morning I am energized.
This morning I feel clear.
This morning I remember my purpose.

And so for anyone who is feeling tired or lost or stressed or full of despair, may this post gently serve as a reminder of what happens when we sit in a committed community of people who allow themselves to deeply witness each other and tell the truth.

The same is true in developing our businesses.  Witnessing is essential.

Paul Zelizer
Paul Zelizer
Paul Zelizer is one of the first business and marketing coaches to focus on the needs of conscious and social impact entrepreneurs. In addition to marketing, social impact, mindful leadership and values based business, Paul is passionate about just about anything you can do in the mountain high country, yoga & fitness, dark chocolate, and poetry. He lives near Santa Fe, New Mexico.