I returned last night from a 3-city Authentic Relating (A/R) tour (Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC). Very quick tour, leading 4 events in 5 days. All the events were home-runs, I cannot describe my excitement (a “home-run” group is when everyone leaves happy, smiling and wanting more). I now have “proof of concept” of my new lifestyle as a traveling A/R leader and evangelist. I am much better at leading groups than I thought, plus I am good at marketing. Besides which, A/R is very easy to sell, you can read companion article Love for Sale, half-price: Selling Authentic Relating. I imagine myself the next George Fox, traveling around in 17th century England starting his religion. Before he “discovered” Quakerism, George Fox had a habit of running half-naked through the town screaming at people to repent. I will probably stop short at that, but the truth of the matter is that I am an evangelist, a religious fanatic. A/R is my religion, I feel that this is what I was born to do (and don’t laugh until you have experienced it for yourself. It’s a very fun religion and there is minimal dogma). Oh happy, happy Marc…
The decision to move to Baltimore took 10 seconds and happened as follows. I took a walk through the neighborhood around Mary’s, my hostess. I went to Red Emma’s Cafe (a radical bookstore and cafe), found an Impact Hub nearby (entrepreneur / co-working space), up through Charles Village (an artist, bohemian and LGBT hangout), to Johns Hopkins University, to a very large YMCA close to Mary’s. All in the space of about 15 blocks. I thought to myself: “I am home”. The decision happened instantly as I entered the Impact Hub, and imagined myself leading A/R to entrepreneurs in their beautiful space there.
I don’t yet have housing in Baltimore (reach out to me if you have ideas). I have probably secured a pied-a-terre in Philadelphia. Washington DC came unexpectedly, as we found a large and free event space in Silver Spring MD (close to DC). My friend Eric and I circled our hostess on a game meetup at which nobody else showed-up, and we blew her mind. This is what I mean when I say that A/R is very easy to sell.
Anyway. I am back in New Hampshire taking care of my mother (she just had a hip operation) trying to calm down from all the excitement of this week. It’s all good. My next phase of life should start in about two weeks, depending on my mother’s condition. I am hoping that this will turn into some kind of permanent adventure.
As always, I am happy to connect with any of you, either in person or online. If you are in the area, check the Authentic Philadelphia site and Authentic Baltimore site and meetups. The DC group will be happening soon as well.