I love planning, organising and seeing events pan out along with the buzz and atmosphere. When I was at my lowest though when grief for my mum really hit I hated events ending. That feeling of being part of something, the euphoria, of making a difference to others, connecting with people, building on people’s strengths, connecting. When it ended that was it, what was my reason for being, what did I need to do now. Looking back I probably hadn’t found the joy in the work I was doing, I wasn’t being challenged enough, I was grieving but didn’t appreciate that and trying to find those connections and sense of belonging somewhere.
Lou Mycroft’s reflections this past week on #JoyAM following her being at the OER Conference and talking about the principles of Joy have really got me thinking. And contemplating that momentum we had when planning the Big Conversation event for #JoyFE. This week I reached out to the members of the WhatsApp group that helped pull the event together after listening later in the day to Tuesday’s broadcast. It is almost a month since the event, we had promised to do something, did I need to do anything, did anyone need any support but also it was such a joyous space I wanted to reconnect with them all and find that momentum, especially while in a hotel room on my own.
In this morning’s broadcast (Friday) Stacey Salt commented: “It was the most relaxed and collaborative event planning I ever experienced, it made the organising Joyful 💛💛💛” It really was, but what made it so? Why was it joyful, why was it collaborative, why was it relaxed? It goes back to those principles that Lou has been talking about this week and the fact that we want everyone to understand joyful practice and what it can bring them.
For me as I come to the end of my current time with Girlguiding London and South East England (this time on the staff front), I know that it is about working towards a common purpose, shared values, connecting and clear communication. I now understand that there will be a next time, that I’ve made new connections and we can get that electricity fizzing for the next moment or event and I believe I’ve found that light within myself to shine and belong.
Would love to hear what makes your light shine or how you achieve a joyful practice.