Dear Beloved Option Institute Friends and Family,
These are extraordinary times – that test our ability to stay grounded when the ground seems to have fallen out from beneath us, and that test our capacity to remain hopeful and optimistic when risk and danger surround us and those we love. Day by day, events change and the news becomes even more foreboding. Coronavirus! Pandemic! People are getting sick, and people are dying. Economic instability continues to escalate. Political and civil unrest has resulted in violence against government institutions. Social and racial inequality and injustice remains unresolved. Yet, at the very same time, these challenges give us new opportunities to create more inner strength, to engage our smarts and to open our hearts to be loving, helpful and kind in ways we may have not considered previously. What appears to be pulling us apart (social distancing and sheltering-at-home) can and (we believe) will bring us all closer together.
And more than any constituency on the planet, all of you who have chosen to hold hands with all of us at the Institute… all of you who have come to programs, grown yourself and changed in life-affirming ways and supported so many individuals, families and children… all of you, our dear and treasured friends and extended family… know you can create your light in the darkness, generate love where there is fear and ask how you can help, especially now. Make a difference – for your loved ones, for your extended families, for your neighbors… and for everyone in this global village we all share. Perhaps you can still find ways to savor the smell of your warm coffee in the morning, take in the sunshine for an extra minute or two, have deep conversations, hug your children, or read a book you have been wanting to read.
Are we dealing with and living through a “hard thing?” OMGosh – without a doubt! Can we get through this and arrive at the other end, more capable, more caring, kinder and more loving than ever? OMGosh – without a doubt!
Given the extreme circumstances above, the staff of the institute is doing all that we can do to take care of ourselves so that we can better take care of all of you. Although we reduced our staff (for their safety and health) and dramatically curtailed our operations, we have reconfigured and redesigned ourselves so that we are able to offer new E-Learning Training Course Live via Zoom.
WE ARE HERE and we will continue to help you to the best of our ability during these challenging times…today, tomorrow, and for years to come.
Be present, stay safe and keep your love alive.