Many years ago when Dan started his current Mastermind group, there was a lady who was asked to be a member. Dan had been teaching a class at the local community college and Terri was a student in that class. She was delighted to be asked to be in this Mastermind of competent and successful business entrepreneurs who brainstormed and shared life together. Not long after her involvement in that group, we asked if she would be interested in working part-time in the 48 Days business, which she eagerly accepted. I had started the Sanctuary Sessions Art group about three years prior and it was held in the same big room at the Sanctuary where Terri had her desk. It was a large room, as some of you who attended there will attest, so Terri was able to do her work as we painted.
I’ll bet you can imagine what ultimately happened. Terri decided she wanted to create with us, and started coming to the group on a regular basis. She was already an accomplished seamstress so it wasn’t difficult for her to work in a different medium. She loved the group. She quickly became a valued member.
One day, she turned in her resignation from Dan’s Mastermind, saying “I feel like the Sanctuary Sessions art group is where I belong. It’s my Mastermind.” Wow! Such a compliment to our group. I have often thought about that remark. I recently read one of the stories in Dan’s new An Understanding Heart book about what constitutes a Mastermind. One of the key elements required to be a true Mastermind is sharing life together. And we certainly fit that criterion.
“What could you do with the expert advice, wise counsel, and mutual support of a network of successful people at your fingertips? And that success is never only about having more but about being more.” Dan Miller, An Understanding Heart
Sharing life together is definitely what we do in the art group. There have been so many times we have had great discussions and prayed together and someone has said, “I feel like we just had church!” Lots of groups call themselves mastermind groups but sharing our talents, our passions, our lives together….makes this group unique and uncommon. It’s a safe place for each of us. We all come from different backgrounds, upbringings, lifestyles….yet we share one common thread of Creativity. In doing so, we bond in friendships that last. A rare group, for sure.