It Was Always Just The Foundation
Comparing Ourselves to Others — A True Barrier To Connection
Today, I write to you all with gratitude for everything we’ve done, and excitement for everything we will do.
It has been almost two years since I started mapping out a vision for community that came to be known as Foundation. It was originally a Google Doc titled “Adult Learning Communities.” From there it took on names like “Arete: A Happiness School”, “Finding Your Seattle”, and eventually “Foundation.”
It had plans for a dynamic community space that would be a beacon of community centered around passions. It would have a kitchen for cooking classes and pop-up chef nights; a bar for local…
Living in an Age of Change
“We are in a spiritual crisis, and the key to building a true belonging practice is maintaining our belief in inextricable human connection. That connection—the spirit that flows between us and every other human in the world—is not something that can be broken; however, our belief in the connection is constantly tested and repeatedly severed. When our belief that there’s something greater than us, something rooted in love and compassion, breaks, we are more likely to retreat to our bunkers, to hate from afar, to tolerate bullshit and to dehumanize others.
I can't remember if this was from a situation…
An Evolution of Listening
“And indeed, that IS the question: whether to float with the time, or to swim for a goal. It is a choice we must all make consciously or unconsciously at one time in our lives. So few people understand this! Think of any decision you’ve ever made which had a bearing on your future: I may be wrong, but I don’t see how it could have been anything but a choice however indirect—between the two things I’ve mentioned: the floating or the swimming.”
–Hunter S. Thompson
There are two types of change we experience in our lives: the internally guided and the externally forced.
The internal are the ones that we’ve been able to…
A Trip to the Desert
“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Listening to respond.
Most of my entire life, I have listened to respond.
The majority of people I’ve met are the exact same.
I ashamedly could probably assume that most anyone who had a conversation with me throughout the first thirty years of my life, could attest to my indifference to interject, to be ready to share my opinion or story at the drop of a hat…
Feeling Necessary and Needed
“Uniquely expressive acts get transformed and elaborated into social rites, and through participation they accrue a breadth and depth of meaning which can only be produced in a communal setting. It is the primal process by which culture is created.”
It’s hard to describe Burning Man. It’s a community, a city, built from nothing, to become nothing.
And it’s no walk in the park simply surviving it. In Black Rock Desert, heat in the day can reach 110 degrees. Temperatures at night might drop below 40. Winds come out of nowhere and cause dust storms that rival…
Aspiring to be Curious
“There is nothing outside of yourself that can ever enable you to get better, stronger, richer, quicker, or smarter. Everything is within. Everything exists.”
Has anyone else kind of secretly wished for some crazy, catastrophic thing to happen? Some society altering event. Maybe then I could have my time to shine, my opportunity to show my strengths and be needed to save the day.
While that sentiment was definitely exasperated by absorbing too many Hollywood plotlines, it was a symptom of my search, my deep yearning for…
Welcome to Foundation
"We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”
Whenever I’ve been asked what the most important character trait is for success, happiness, fulfillment, etc., I’ve always responded with the same answer—curiosity.
It is what empowers us to be more than ego. It is was inspires us to swim against the tide, to learn and pursue what we know is of true worth in the deepest of our hearts. It is the celebration that allows for growth towards a more meaningful purpose…
"However, I continue to try and I continue, indefatigably, to reach out. There’s no way I can single-handedly save the world or, perhaps, even make a perceptible difference – but how ashamed I would be to let a day pass without making one more effort.”
All I can say to start, is thank you. I have so much gratitude for each of you. A year ago, Foundation's community concept was just a seed of an idea. And now, it is a small seedling ready to sprout, thanks to each and every one of you.
I must vulnerably share, Foundation all started from my own…