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July 8, 2004

Something Transformational by Barbara A. McGuire


Having accepted the role of CPSP Registrar I was eager to attend my
first Executive Committee meeting. The meeting was held at The
College of Preachers in Washington, DC. Upon arrival I felt as if I
had been transported back in time to the early eighteenth century.
What a gift to be given the opportunity to stay in this historic place
amidst its old world charm.

The meeting itself became an opportunity for the participants to
bring back to their Chapters the positive and revitalizing spirit that
made up the majority of this gathering. The energy level during the
meeting was affirming, but more importantly it was sincere. With
men and five women in attendance, we held lively discussions about our
past, our present and our future. Some of the topics we spoke about
were the upcoming plenary, the Accreditation Process, and, the
Certification of our members. There was something transformational
occurring for those in attendance which might become transformative -
to our whole community.

Life is mainly made up of little things. Although our gathering
was not large, our time together was anything but
insignificant. It was in the "paying attention" to the seemingly
small and often human things that helped us develop a course of
action. As a result I feel we are all more empowered to move forward.

Being aware that the slightest discouragement from outside oneself
can add to a poor vision of self, we realized that what we need as an
organization is not to be made up of people who offer advice or become
some shining example of how we are 'suppose to be', but to be a people
who are willing to move forward in our own unique direction toward the

What we are, and who we have become is only a state of being. It is
my hope that we chose to remain steadfast in our expectations
expecting only the good. For it is in our gathering that we can
recognize that we are capable of creating exactly what we have been
called to be; a community for the 'Recovery of Souls'.

For me CPSP continues to be a people of hope. We are a realistic
community with our eyes on where our goals ought to be, about who we
are, as a positive force in this world. We are about the people, the
work, our life, our relationships and ourselves.

Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at July 8, 2004 2:41 PM

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