Like me, Lynn helps people and all kinds of communities do their best to grow and thrive. This is her passion, her life, her gift to the world. For over a quarter of a century she has traveled the world to help others help themselves. Something I suspect started when Lynn began to learn about herself and her own potential. “Psychotherapy, exercise, and spirituality” have been her holy trinity of sorts that helped her grow to be her best friend.
Having started her career in the travel industry, Lynn's eyes and mind were opened she started to learn more about other people, new cultures, philosophies and spiritual practices. After returning to the university to study anthropology, and then surviving grad school, Lynn began to teach others – reigniting their imaginations and helping them to ask better questions.
She told me, “Learning is part of our who we are, it’s a spiritual task.”
Her personal story is a “pandora’s box” of drama many of us know too well. It's deeply personal and is most certainly the footing that has helped propelled to where she is today. But Lynn has done the hard self-work and she does not dwell in it. She, like me, doesn’t like to look back. Instead, she lives in the moment working out what will be next for her to achieve; feeding her passions and nurturing her soul in the process. Her mindfulness was present, and she made me feel comfortable getting to know her by getting to know me as well.
As our country is limbo, and unrest is unsettling our nerves, we can choose to look back at our past mistakes, pointing the finger and blaming others. Or we can choose to be more present – both with ourselves and with one another. It’s in this moment we can learn from each other, coach and inspire one another to be our own best friends.
Who knows, maybe we might become friends with one another in the process. It's just one of the many things that’s I learned tonight from my new friend…Lynn.
An ex-copywriter turned punk rock pastor and peacemaker who dedicates his life to making the world a better place for all humanity.
"that they all might be one" ~John 17:21
“Prius vita quam doctrina.”
~ St. Thomas Aquinas (1225–1274)
* “Life is more important than doctrine.”