I was introduced to the Points of You products through Facebook. Does Facebook know what we’re thinking now? I saw the ad for the games pop-up and I was intrigued. I fell in love with the photography of the product most of all. Then upon further research, I discovered it was a tool that I could use with the students I was mentoring through my NonProfit. So I purchased a couple of the games to check them out in person.
When I received them, I couldn’t really figure out how to use them. So I contacted a facilitator and he generously took me through a couple of different ways to use the cards. Then I started getting really curious. I could see they were simple games with complex capabilities.
I saw an ad for a training that was coming up in December 2018. It was going to be in Tuscon, Arizona which was close enough to Phoenix to consider it. I have family there and always try to connect personal travel with work travel. It all worked out and I purchased my tickets and the ticket for the conference. I had no idea why I was so drawn to this experience but I would soon find out.
In December 2018, I arrived in Arizona. I was dropped off at the hotel to meet strangers I would be with for 5 days in a remote location close to Tucson. I sat back and observed as I was riding on the beautiful bus, on a very narrow road alongside a mountain, looking out my window feeling like I was going to die. It was night, but I could see enough to know this location was very isolated and if I wanted to leave at any point, it would be challenging. So I decided I better either adjust or just stay on the bus and go back to where I came from. I didn’t leave. I got brave and chose to stay. It was then time to meet my roommates and go to our first session.
Walking into the workshop room, I remember smelling the incense and feeling like I was home. It was very peaceful. It was serene and quiet on that mountain. I didn’t have a care in the world. I was home for 5 days doing I have no idea-what.
As soon as everyone was in the room, I noticed three of the leaders at the front of the circle where we all found a seat. They didn’t speak a word except to welcome us. I don’t even think they told us to sit down. They just sat there in silence. And they sat and they sat. We all sat down and looked around. Then for some reason, I closed my eyes. There was music playing. We sat in silence for what seemed like an eternity. This was our first lesson in “pausing”.
The next part of the trip involved Expanding. I had to expand my narrow thoughts on what was important. There was no Starbucks or fast food restaurants that I could go to if they didn’t have something to eat that I liked. So I decided to relax and go with the flow, which is very unlike me. As it turns out, there was an amazing amount of food that was so delicious. I don’t know how it was possible that everyone there loved the food when there was such a diverse collection of people. But we were all happy and well-fed.
There were people from Canada, Brazil, Vietnam, Texas (and other states), Guatemala and Mexico, just to name a few. It was the perfect cultural experience with a variety of music, food, and traditions. It was an experience I will never forget.
What did I learn there?
The first question that was posed to us: why were we there? I had no idea. But I chose a card as requested and then it all began to make sense. I was there to learn to take care of myself because I was pretty burnt out at that time. I had actually told my husband, right before I left, that I understood why moms got up and left their families. It wasn’t my proudest moment, but it was my truth.
The five days continued in a similar manner. We as participants experienced the Points of You games for the first three days. Then it was time for us to learn how to facilitate groups with the games. We each had an opportunity to come up with our own lesson. It was a phenomenal experience to see the depth and range that could be covered with amazing products. Experiencing and learning how to use the cards could not have been presented in a more complete manner. I was so grateful to have followed my gut to go to the training and I will do many more.
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