As I write this, I am overlooking the Wannsee outside of Berlin, Germany. Sunlight glistens on the water which I can glimpse through the green, swaying trees.
Since leaving for Europe nearly four weeks ago, I have ridden a bike beside the Mediterranean Sea in Ibiza, along the streets of a small village in France, through the woods in Germany and have even ridden on the wrong side of the road over the Tower Bridge in London.
I have fallen in love with moms, dads, grampas, children and even dogs from four different countries. I have caught flights, missed flights, chased flights and ignored flights, rode in or on buses, coaches, trains, taxis and scooters. I was bit by a jellyfish, weeded a garden, was defeated at table tennis, dug up a skull in Voltaire’s backyard (with Jakob and Johannes’ help of course!) and acted in a shoe fetish movie.
I wrote and published a book The One Minute Parent, read a published book, read an unpublished book, and started a weekly video series. View here.
In all these adventures, the common ingredient was enjoying my connections with people. Although this trip was meant to bring my work to a larger market, it hardly seems like a business trip! But it is business because for me, business is people and the connections between people.
From this perspective, it is a very successful trip! It is the people who connected with me along the way who made this journey so valuable. In each country, whether I was leading a preview for parents, videotaping friends about Family Systems, or skyping with clients back home in America or another city, the universal theme is humanity. How to understand and improve our human condition. I carry their stories with me and share them.
Parents say, “My children are growing so fast, how can I help preserve their innocence, their compassion, their curiosity?” Grandparents say, “How can I prepare my grandchildren for the real world? It seems everything I do is holding them back?” But mostly, what I hear from young and old, married or partnered, rich or poor alike is, “How can I enjoy my connections with loved ones even more?”
Melody Beattie, one of America’s premier authors on healthy relationships, says, “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”
With much gratitude in my heart for the people who have made this journey possible, and helped make my dream for a global family business, and a global business family real I say, “Thank you!”
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