Creating the Future eJournal
September 5, 2017
A letter from Hildy
Hildy Gottlieb Photo
Dear friends:

Oh my goodness, thank you!

When I opened my email the morning of my 60th birthday, and saw the incredible surprise gifts from so many of you – well, I am still overwhelmed and more grateful than I can say.

For some reason, we tend to refrain from telling people how they have touched our lives while they are still alive to appreciate it. Instead, we save those words for eulogies. 

You can therefore imagine how it feels to read story after story about the changes so many of you have seen in your own lives, all from our being on this journey together.

And then what an honor to have a fund established in my honor, furthering the education mission of Creating the Future! That fund will provide scholarships and other special project funding, to advance this important work. My heart leaps to know this is just the beginning.

I am so grateful to each of you, for all of it. And I am especially grateful to Dimitri Petropolis and Rebecca Hurd, my partners in leading Creating the Future, for managing to keep all that effort secret for all those weeks!

If you haven’t yet been part of that incredible celebration, Rebecca and Dimitri are keeping it alive at this link. During these final weeks of my writing sabbatical, they are encouraging people to continue to add to the celebration. 

Try This:
I cannot resist the opportunity to invite you to try this in your own life. If there is someone who has been important to you, tell them. 

If it would be helpful to have questions as prompts, try the ones Rebecca and Dimitri used at the celebration site they created for me. When in doubt, just start. You’ll figure out what to say. 

There are few certainties in life. One is that we are all mortal. Another is that we never know when our time will be up. So if someone has made a difference in your life, tell them now. 

And to those who took the time to let me know about the difference my work has meant in your life, please know that your words have energized me to keep at it. There is so much work to be done, to create the world we all sense is possible. I am more grateful than you can know that we are walking this journey together.

If you’re seeking a welcoming place to practice bringing out the best in yourself and those around you, join the Catalytic Thinking in Action community on Facebook - a welcoming place where you can ask questions and learn from people like you who are experimenting with these practices. We look forward to seeing you there!

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the Future
is a collection of people around the world, supporting each other in a grand experiment.

The experiment:
To determine how much better the world could be if the questions we ask in our day to day lives are bringing out the best in each other.

If everyone, everywhere, is bringing out the best in every person they encounter – and if the systems that guide our behaviors are built to bring out the best in all of us - how much closer will we all be to a healthy, humane world that works for all of us?
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