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Connection is the energy that is created between people
when they feel seen, heard, and valued:
when they can give and receive without judgment.

-Brene Brown

January 17, 2019                      

2019 Wow! A new year is upon us which always brings thoughts of what we might do differently or better. It is an opportunity for change and for growth, whether it is in appreciation for "that which is around us always" or in finding new sources of challenge or joy. This month Joan thinks about the gift of connection and the opening it presents to each of us in ways large and small.

Here's to chasing - and finding - miracles with all of you. 

Joan, Katie and Meb       

          I may have been a matchmaker in a former life. As 2018 came to a close and I was thinking about my New Year's Resolutions, one word kept coming to mind: connection. I love connecting with people, like the elderly gentleman at the pre-Christmas Lessons and Carols who made room for us in his already crowded pew. Once the service was over the hug we shared after talking about his far flung family and recently deceased wife was meaningful to me and I hope to him.

          We connect with others in many ways like my California workout "tribe" with whom I actually look forward to exercising. When the manager of the health club suggested we were doing far too much talking over spinning, we took matters into our own hands and developed our own SpinChat session three times a week.

          Connection is obviously behind the huge international meetings I've attended, whether it is health care like JP Morgan in San Francisco this month, or other professional groups like the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. And it's not just business that brings people together, the prevalence and number of online dating apps suggest I am not alone in both seeking and relishing connection.

          Connection is cathartic; an emotional release that is rewarding. It is a gift you give yourself. And like most meaningful gifts, it requires some degree of effort, not only to reach out to others, but also to become vulnerable by sharing a part of yourself. As we have moved around the country, I've found connection to be an important part of fitting in, a way of finding a sense of belonging.

          When I reflect on those friends that I've had that somehow have faded away, the gratefulness I feel for having had them in my life is tinged with a sense of loss. And when suddenly there is a message out of the blue and a lost friend returns again to my life as happened this Christmas Eve the joy is real, a sense of wonder in the rekindling of a friendship and a profound relief that they have emerged out of the silence intact.

          Connection allows me to make sense out of my past, to recognize where I am in the present, and to provide guidance of how I will cope with whatever the future may have in store. It is a way to acknowledge who I am, how I engage with others and learn about myself - both my strengths and my weaknesses. Connection teaches openness, gratitude and compassion.

          I suspect 2019 will be another landmark year of travel to see family and friends, for work and for play, and I look forward to making new connections along the way. For me, it's the only way to fly.


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We are scheduling events for 2019. Please let us know if you have any suggestions for venues or events where we can continue the miracle discussion.

Thank you to the
Church of St. Francis Xavier
Manhattan, NY for hosting a
wonderful miracle discussion.

and Skype are
wonderful ways to share
conversation and connect
over miracles. Thank you to the
book clubs around the country
who have invited us into their
homes and their lives. It has
transformed and rewarded all
of us. Please let us know if you
would like us to virtually visit
your book group or club!

Thank you to Mysterious Ways for the Facebook Live Interview
with Katie 

Thank you to Miracle Hunter, Michael O'Neill on Relevant Radio for his interview with Katie on The Miracle Chase (go to minute 8:30.)
Thank you to the Ministry of Mothers at St. Gregory the Great in San Diego,
St. Mary's Women's Council,
Santa Clara University Alumni &
Georgetown University Alumni
for wonderful Miracle Discussions

Listen to the first of our
radio series with Kristin Ace
Where Human-ness
meets Spirituality

and the follow-up session describing the numerous ripples
that occur when miracles meet generosity of spirit.

Thank you to the Portland Book Review

and the PrayersWork blog

for featuring The Miracle Chase
with such inspirational reviews.

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Joan, Katie and Meb
co-authors of The Miracle Chase
It's About Survival
"Three are better than one to ponder and philosophise, to be passionate and fearless as we face the future..." The Miracle Chase


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