And they were everything and more than I could have hoped for.
As I drove home feeling humbled and grateful I stopped on my beloved dyke just as the sun broke through the clouds of the rainy day and I paused to reflect.
As a leader in my work I long to offer my colleagues sustaining and relevant and stretching Pro D experiences. We have come a long way in our current work but we have a ways to grow. We have sought mentors and allies across this country and in the USA and we have learned SO much from them.
But one voice, one mentor, one deep thinker is most aligned to what we are doing and in a position to both affirm and assess our current work and shine the light on the path ahead for us.
Her name is Ann.
I have read her books, watched and listened to her give keynote addresses and last year she came to work with our leadership team. She was back again this week to visit all our centres and help us think deeply about our work. I was her chauffeur while she was here and I had the immense privilege of hearing her speak 6 times and linger over lunch with our executive team. I can truly say we are now good friends - which is a dream and a gift in itself.
I dream big and while one dream was realised these past 4 days another one was born..... well actually it was born in the middle of a night some time ago but I was BRAVE enough to give it voice this week, to nurture it and now I have to let it go. It will become what it needs to become for me, for the SRCC (our organisation) and for Ann. I trust that.
And so in this moment of quiet after a busy, exhilarating, exhausting few days of connection with Ann and colleagues and friends I am proud to have lived into my brave word, to have allowed myself to dream and beyond grateful to have seen one more dream come to fruition.
Our work as Educators is so WORTHY and so complex and so nourishing and so very important. I was awed by the thinking and commitment in the gatherings I was in these past days as Educators strive to be the best they can be - to be as human as they can be (to quote Tom Hunter via Ann Pelo).
We live into being as human as WE can be so children can live into being as human as THEY can be..... SUCH amazing work to be called to do, to lead.
My friends - DREAM...... dream big..... be mighty and brave and let's change the world together.