Greetings from the surreal wildfire season in California.

The temperature reached 119 here this past weekend and our kids have been indoors for way too long. Yesterday we braved the outdoors for a short while and as I watched them “build a city” out of recycled cardboard, the smoke from the Bobcat Fire rolled in.

We started with blue skies and ended with something rather apocalyptic. I captured it on video (you really should see it) and it got me thinking…

What always comes up for me in moments like I captured in the video is “What else can I be doing?” How am I unconsciously participating in anything that is metaphorically like the sky on the right? How can I be sure not to get complacent?

And yes, that kind of self-reflection is always important.

But I want to interrupt that thought pattern for a moment to appreciate each and every person who I am sending this email to.

Yes, that means to appreciate you.

Everyone who gets this newsletter is endeavoring mightily to create a world that looks more like the sky on the left than the one on the right. 

Not just in terms of the environment – though we do have our fair share of brilliant climate activists on this list – but all the inter-woven systems and structures from education to human rights, health care, animal welfare, economic development, early childhood, philanthropy, human services and beyond. Every single person who receives this e-mail is leading change now that will impact all the generations that follow.

So please join me for a minute in appreciating yourself for showing up with your very best in this year that all of us will remember for the rest of our lives. And should you feel inspired, I invite you to reach out to one other awesome change leader in your life and give them some appreciation, too.  Just a text or a note of appreciation goes a long way. This isn’t just for them – this is for you, too, because the act of appreciating is just plain old good for your soul.

With massive appreciation,

As we all struggle to find our way in these times that defy categorization, I also want to invite you to consider joining the Coaching Community that we’re launching in October.

Our intention is for this community to become your touchstone. Your safe refuge from the storm where you can get good coaching, good community, and then get back to it!

Join us for an Open House on September 15th at 10:30 am PT to see what this community is all about.

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