I am reclined in the seat of an Amtrak train on my way to LA, after a vibrant and expansive week in Las Vegas performing and exhibiting at a tradeshow, namely Exhibitor 2012. I have two and half hours now to just ‘be’ and breathe, a luxury I don’t often get to revel in. My heart is so open right now, I’m feeling its every beat, sitting in contemplation and huge gratitude for the 10 years of miracles that have blessed my life, the incredible experiences I have had, the challenges I have needed to maneuver through and the myriad of gifts that I have received in the amazing people that work for me; the ones I have connected with in the 1000’s of companies I have created events for, and the clients who have become friends through this journey’s decade. And what a decade it has been. I started this business with goose bumps—literally—after receiving a video from its founder, Warren Lieberman, with a note saying “You may want to try this in the US”. It started with this feeling, which then evoked humongous excitement and an internal flame that has burned so energetically from the outset. A brief conversation with a friend at a social function (a friend that happened to also be the EVP of one of Motorola’s big divisions) led to me facilitating an event in Las Vegas for 100 of its regional managers—from there a life of fulfilling my spiritual contract on this planet burst into being. Truly amazing. …
This indelible journey has allowed me to interact, connect and stand on stages with some of the most talented souls on the planet; it has taken me from the mountains of Utah and Montana all the way to Kenya, and everywhere in between. It has stretched me as an individual in ways I never thought I could or would, and has offered me the ability to live my dreams and my deepest passions—to deliver what I came here to deliver to this world, to shift and change energy on this planet, and to leave it having made an impact.
After a difficult few years steering through the trials and tribulations that presented themselves when economic crisis hits the world, I set a vision in 2012, and sent an intention of EXPANSION out to this universe. As March starts to unfold, I feel the shifts starting to happen. I feel and hear people’s desire to connect with one another in more meaningful ways.
I’ve worked hard to define what Drum Cafe means to me, as well as to those we interact with. We still need to overcome the hurdle that comes with our name, which I’ve learned is a bit of a misnomer—Drum Cafe is NOT a venue, it’s an experience that travels to where you are. And we are not only about entertainment, We are about UBUNTU – helping people open their hearts to the knowing that I am who I am because of everyone around me. We are all about busting people’s stories wide open, getting them to set aside their agendas; to show up, to connect on a deeper level, and as my QUALCOMM client and friend Rebecca Brown once said, “You get people to lift their heads off their desks, to wake up, stay awake, and I will add, to ask themselves ‘How can I connect more effectively and genuinely with those around me so that I can be part of the expansive and creative process’”.
I want to share something Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote; and I share it only because it moves me just as my drum and people do: To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
I feel that this decade has been a huge success filled with 1000’s of ampoules of learning and wisdom. I stand on the precipice of yet greater awakenings and welcome them with drum in hand and an open heart!
In Joy and Rhythm,