I’ve never blogged before in my life, and I am deely grateful to the GiGi’s—the Girl Geeks––for helping me figure out how to start! I hope I’m not offending some unofficial blog etiquette, so here goes!
In just five days, more than 80 “stewards” of the World Café will be gathering at the Marconi Center on Tomales Bay, a pristine and fragile ecosystem which includes not only the Bay, but pastures, wild ocean, oyster fisheries, dairy and organic farming and a diverse population who live here because we love this “place” and want to see it survive and thrive for future generations.
Helping to organize the World Café Stewardship Dialogue in this unique natural environment has made me think more deeply about the question “What does stewardship mean to me? In this gathering we’ll be asking this question in relation to the future of the World Café.
For me, stewardship has a loving quality…loving something you value and want to help care for and sustain for the long term. For me, stewardship involves an inner act of engagement and committed action in relation to something that may still be vulnerable to destruction if it is held in disregard.
I had a very special visit with Sandra Leicester, of Blessings Lavender Farm, who has been also been drawn to the Tomales area and is one of the local hosts for the World Café gathering. At a recent “womens tea” together, we began to explore the question of stewardship.
The next day, Sandy sent me a note that she’d been thinking more deeply about what stewardship meant to her. Here’s an excerpt from her perspective, “Stewardship demonstrates the fundamental nature of love, and of humans as lovers of life. In becoming stewards, we commit ourselves to the love we feel in our hearts and allow its expression, giving it back to the world….A collective of stewards is a collective of hearts, a vast and powerful network of spiritual light ……the manifestation of which is magical, miraculous, and largely unimaginable.
I was deeply touched by Sandy’s reflections and am wondering, What does stewardship mean to you who may be reading this post?