Pa Rum Pum Pum Pum :)

Posted by Nipun Mehta on Nov 7, 2020
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This morning, one of many ongoing pods, had its closing call. It was themed around Sacred Space, and right as the call ended, I received this note from a first-time pod participant, who is also a Silicon Valley veteran, IBM executive for 20 years, with many technology patents to his name.

"Hi Nipun, I can hardly see the screen, as my eyes are tearing up so much. I have goosebumps. Totally free of words. Please - how may I serve? When is the next Pod that I can serve? [or any other space] Thank you. Thank you. Thank you."

I wasn't part of the pod, and while we're all curious about what actually happened, :) what I'm always in awe of is how people's cup of gratitude invariably overflows, and how sometimes that flow returns back to the ocean through its most visible root.

Grace is such a stunning organizing principle. Since our start in 1999, it's not just that we haven't fundraised, but we haven't asked to give any talks, pitched a media story, or angled in this direction or another for the sake of short-term security or long-term appearances. Some doubt if this is actually true, :) few are even quick to label it as naive or irresponsible, but such radical trust in emergence is a different kind of drumbeat altogether:

I played my drum for him
Pa rum pum pum pum
I played my best for him
Pa rum pum pum pum,
Rum pum pum pum,
Rum pum pum pum
Then he smiled at me
Pa rum pum pum pum
Me and my drum

Seeing notes like this one above feels like the Universe smiling back at us. :)

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Comments (7)

  • Bonnie Rose wrote ...

    So much love for SS and its unique way of being in the world. And what a gorgeous arrangement of a traditional Carol. Thank you for being, doing, and non-doing.

  • Smita Navare wrote ...

    You all touch people in such different ways. Instant live wre deep connection is experienced and felt to the core.

  • Hermann Gams wrote ...

    It´s this wonderful field of trust and being listened which opens up the possibilities for those fantastic ripples ! Thank you ALL !

  • Kerri Lake wrote ...

    It is a phenomenon! Perhaps beyond trust and into the realm of design. The real value is in the experience among so many open hearts.

  • Janessa Wilder wrote ...

    Grateful to be witnessing Grace with you all.

  • Audrey Lin wrote ...

    Ditto! Some magic definitely seems to have transpired in Meghna, Parag and Rohit's field holding, because I also got an email from a participant, who is already a volunteer with us: "Can you let me know if you need any backend help with the upcoming Pods? I want to offer my time and love for all that is there to do at ServiceSpace. I bow!" 

  • Rohit Rajgarhia wrote ...

    Just to clarify, the volunteers who were part of the pod are also as curious and bewildered. :-)

    While I guess we have done 100+ people pods with 4-5 volunteers, this was a 25person pod and 11 volunteers had signed up. And the way everyone contributed, in their own unique and creative ways, is something we could have pre-planned by design.

    However still, if we see our individual contributions, it doesn't feel like that could create this effect. If we were to even add up all our contributions, then also it definitely doesn't account for it. Perhaps the 20years of being focused on values, and other factors beyond, may be at play to enable this. And the visible volunteers just get the privilege of being part of it and witnessing it unfold first hand! :-)