Newsletter AUGUST 2017

Greetings from all of us here at Serenity Now.

I (Brooke) thank you for sharing the magic of your lives with us.

Today, I had the topic of joining on my mind. Let me explain. Since childhood, I have noticed a tendency on my part for treasuring solitude. One of my earliest childhood memories was being jealous of bears because they got to hibernate. I even took it to the next level by developing agoraphobia (fear of going outdoors) as a child, which is almost unheard of.

Under these circumstances, growing up was interesting, to say the least. Having a spiritual life as a goal took it up a notch. After all, the statement “love your neighbor” would at least imply some kind of contact.

So, for a long time, I have been collecting examples of joining that have incredibly positive or unexpected results. I am just running a scientific experiment to see if it’s a good idea. Some of these teams we are all familiar with, for example; the Wright brothers and their beautiful defiance of gravity and Lewis and Clark who opened up a whole new world to all of us.

According to one account Harley and Davidson were young boys that wanted to get to the lake faster after school and thought if they put a motor on their bikes this would accomplish their goal. Abbott and Costello were an amazing comedy team. Most people are familiar with their “Who is on First” routine.  The owners of McDonalds were brothers from very humble beginnings. Madam Marie Curie, the first woman to win two Nobel Prizes in Physics and Chemistry, worked closely with her husband Pierre. The Kelloggs (cereal) were brothers. The writer John L. Stephens and the illustrator Frederick Catherwood were the two people who found evidence of the Mayan culture in the deep jungle. Edison had a talented team of experts that surrounded him. This is one of the reasons he accomplished so much.

I realized that many of you will not identify with the need for solitude, some may call it being an introvert and some may call it shyness, but even if there is one person who has the desire to come out of their shell, but just needed a little encouragement, it would be worth sharing. After all, we know there is power in numbers. Jesus tells us “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” (Matt.18:20) And Winne the Pooh says it is friendlier with two.

By the way, as I was talking about joining recently, I discovered that it actually contains the word “joy” phonetically.