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For an entire year now I have not served on a non profit board after serving without a break since 1981. I left an organization called GLSEN (after 10 years) teaching respect for all children regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. I served previously on GreatSchools.net,(public school quality guide) CityYear (national service), the Women's Leadership Board of the Kennedy School, The Center for Living with Dying and a few more. Since I began my career in technology companies I had been volunteering right along because I wanted to make a difference in the social sector while building prosperity in the private sector. This seemed to work for me until 9.11.2011 when our "safe" little corner of the world was turned upside down. Soon after I took inventory on my life and recognized that climbing the corporate ladder wasn't going to arrive anywhere I wanted to be. I started my own coaching and consulting practice and have chosen to work with leaders who are making a positive difference in the quality of life for others. I also pursued spiritual training and became a licensed minister, while continuing to perform as a singer and songwriter of tunes I hoped would inspire. Taking a break from service seemed unnatural but there was a clear voice in me that said, wait, I have something more for you to do. I have had several offers to join boards since then but none of them has seemed right. Once I read the book "Half the Sky", I knew there was something more I must do and something related to working with women and not just in my own backyard. Just two weeks ago, I saw an email and it talked about being a vision mentor for World Pulse correspondents, one of the persons inviting women to apply was Ellen Winguard who I admired and who I served on a board with several years before. Everything fell into place and I applied, they said yes and I said yes and now I am so excited to have the privilege of serving in this way. I can't wait to meet my visionary sister on the road to raising up women's voices and changing the world! What I am learning is to wait, is to empty my cup so it can be filled, to follow the intuition even when I am not sure where it will lead. I am trusting that my desire to do good, brings good my way.

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I was just introduced to the woman I will have the opportunity learn with and to mentor and I anticipate an amazing journey and I am deeply humbled. As I sit in a beautiful place, with so much opportunity and freedom, I recognize that any complaints I have about my life are somewhat of an insult to those who continue to struggle for basic quality of life, true freedom and peace in the place where they live.

Although we have our share of problems in the United States, we have had no civil war for over a 150 years and have not experienced the true effects of war in the physical sense. We have tremendous disparity in the quality of life for people in our country but even for the least privileged it is rare not to have clean water and access to food.

Although I have some days that seem more difficult than others, truly any problem I have is in my own mind and the way that I am percieving my situation. Just being on this site helps me to rise above my small mindedness and keep the larger picture in mind, 'a world that works for everyone'.

I look forward to becoming a better global citizen, if only the first step is to keep my mind free of complaint and full of gratitude.

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