They say 40 days is what it takes for transformation. 20 days to shed an old habit and 20 days to establish a new one.
A few months ago, I couldn’t see a path forward for A Peace of My Mind. The public programming that supported it had vanished with the pandemic. Everything we had built the project around had shifted and at times I wondered if this lovely voice we had cultivated over the past decade was going to fall silent.
But in these last 40 days, you all have charted a new path. Over the 40 days of our Indiegogo campaign, you have given, encouraged and lifted us up. 337 of you have said that A Peace of My Mind’s work is not done and we will answer that call.
Thank you to everyone who has given to our campaign. Thank you to everyone who has shared out our message. Thank you to each and every person who has reached out and asked, “How can I help?” Thanks to those who sent kind words and offered sound advice. The ones who gave a second and even a third time, just to see the needle move.
We did not reach our stated goal, and that’s okay. There is no failure in what we just did. In fact, what you did is amazing. We planted seeds and started conversations that will bear fruit over time. We created a community of people who have proclaimed that something better is possible. We raised an average of more than $1,000 a day for 40 days in a row.
Together, you have given enough to launch our new series, Cry Out: Voices calling for radical love and justice in a broken world. You have given us the courage to sell our house and hit the road to encounter new stories, share new perspectives and consider new paths forward.
You have taken a leap of faith and we have, too. The rest will sort itself out in good time. I believe in that.
Years ago, I started describing A Peace of My Mind as a walk down a foggy path, where you could see a couple steps ahead of you, but no further. We learned that when you took those couple steps, the fog lifted a little and you could see two more steps, and we decided that as long as we could see the next couple steps, we’d keep going down the path.
One by one and little by little, you’ve done something amazing, and now it’s our turn to take the baton and run with it. Every story we encounter and every lesson we share will be our thanks to you.
There is a big road ahead, there is much to learn and I hope you’ll join us on this journey of discovery of how to live better. Together.