The First Apprentice is the gemstone of this community project, without a doubt, and yet I have had the greatest difficulty in moving it forward. During our Course Strengthening Your Core, part of our Consciousness Explorations series, I tuned into this project once again. Our question for the session was whether our actions were in alignment with our goals? In some cases, it seemed I was sabotaging the First Apprentice. I had tried hiring two different professional construction workers, but it was too soon, and they had other jobs to attend to. I also wound up filling up the garage with clothing for our rummage sale. What was I doing? Would this project ever get off the ground? We were asked to consider two things. First, does the project align with our values, the answer was a resounding yes. Second, if it did align, was there another way in which this goal could begin to be realized.
It was clear that I had been too attached to the idea of the specific way in which the First Apprentice was supposed to move forward. A new idea came to me. What if we took what we were already doing and combine it with the goals of the First Apprentice program, creating the culture together.
This entire project has been one of a slow emergence. In many ways, this is a powerful approach as it allows the culture to develop. We are working hard to build a culture of kindness, and it seems to be working with our small group of Kindness Ambassadors. I mean we already have two members who have reached Level 2! So why not use the same small scale approach with our First Apprentice program.
The opportunity is already in front of me.
Joe has been my handyman on projects around the houses for awhile now, and Chevy has done amazing artwork with the kids at the Community House, why not join forces for our new dynamic duo!
So today will be our first day of First Apprentice Crew. Here we will have Joe and Chevy start working together to create a culture of responsibility and respect, gratitude and communication. We haven't gotten the entire plan in place, but that is a powerful way to create a new program. Working together with Chevy and Joe, and our first Crew Member Davion, we will create a new program.