In the past three days, direct to my in box, without having to lift a finger, I’ve received info about an amazing symposium on Stereotypes of Women in the Middle East, info on a workshop for Cultural Competency Facilitation Skills, a note from a friend in St. Louis re-connecting me to a mutual friend in Chicago who also is involved in engagement and inclusion work, and an invitation to a workshop on Effective Parenting for High Achievers. Accept for the last one, which, um, was for my friend, all of these programs or events were directly related to my interests and areas of work.
One of the Oracles I always remember from Ralph Blume’s Book of Runes is “What is yours will come to you.” I like it because it reminds me to breathe and let go of controlling outcomes.
But it also reminds me of an old adage about cathching the bus. If you want to catch the bus, pray you’ll catch the bus, and then run like Hell!
In other words, it’s important to articulate your beliefs, your vision, your ‘brand.’ People are able to send referrals your way, because they can recognize a good match.
This is also at the core of good intercultural communications. Know thyself first, before making assumptions about others. The beauty is that in knowing yourself, the universe is able to support you.*
*p.s. If you don’t believe in the Universe…try Twitter–another way to connect to and readily access articles, ideas, contacts, etc. that relate directly to you and your core identity! I’m covering all my bases…so I’m also found at http://twitter.com/cultureguru