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May 4, 2020

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What is possible when this is all over?

During this time of quarantine, in addition to feelings of unease and uncertainty, people are also feeling a sense of possibility. In some cases it is a quiet murmur, in other cases a roar. So many people are expressing the desire to maintain the sense of connection and kindness we are seeing and feeling in the world around us.

As has always been our mission (and our name!), that will be the work of Creating the Future in the coming weeks and months – inviting people to take steps to create the kind of future we all want to live in.

For now, as we start a new month of living inside the unknown, we want to share some inspiration - to dream of what might be possible, and, for those who are ready to do so, to recommit to making those dreams a reality. (And if you’re not ready for that yet, save this email for when you ARE ready. Right now the most important work any of us can be doing is to be kind to ourselves!)

Video: A Million Dreams
Many thanks to Ann Vermel, for sharing this beautiful duet with us. Watch here…

Every night I lie in bed
The brightest colors fill my head
A million dreams are keeping me awake
I think of what the world could be
A vision of the one I see
A million dreams is all it's gonna take
A million dreams for the world we're gonna make

A Quote from George Bernard Shaw
Deep gratitude to Joshin Byrnes for sharing this inspiring quote from writer and activist George Bernard Shaw.

“This is the true joy in life, being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one. Being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.

I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it what I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.”

Many thanks to each of you who has been sending us what is inspiring you. Please keep it up!

Have a wonderful week, everyone.

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if the systems that guide our work and our lives 
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