“Preparation meets opportunity” – an “ism” that two great business owners hailed as the model of success. I find it to be true. It ties in so closely with the most personally challenging, yet most rewarding core value of Playing for Others: Accountability. When writing this second entry, I am reminded of my own room for growth and expansion in this valued attribute. PFO has certainly reawakened a sense of responsibility and urgency, especially being in the office environment. The amount of communication that goes on both verbally and virtually is exciting, but has the capacity to become overwhelming. We hold an agreement to respond to each other in a 48 hour period. 2 days. That gives us part timers the chance to meet the deadline and the full time staff the chance to mull over the conversation and respond appropriately. The office is on their game as well. The stream of communication and thought that occurs is always flowing. It’s a true pleasure to work with other accountable members of a team. They motivate me to rise to their standards of excellence and makes my presence meld better with the current working environment. I think that is the sense of duty that we gain when living in this PFO value.

Accountability requires us to live in the present moment. That is another “ism” that I have come to realize even more so after being in this experience 3 months in. I still feel the same amount of energy: ecstatic, vibrating, that I experience at the end of the Annual Retreat. Whether these teens are giving each other praise, leading their peers through “LifeTalks”, or conspiring their next move to win committee points, they do it in joy. That joy leads them to be committed to this experience, which as you should know, is not just a cute afterschool program. These members of an NPO are active and ignited to live in the foundation of what the organization believes in. That the 2 most important questions we can ask ourselves in our life are: “Who am I?” and “How will I give of that?”. Their attentive and genuine nature insists to inspire me to rise to their level of giving and accountability. I see that they do the work, relentlessly, with the mounting piles of expectations: education, family, societal and sometimes (even worse) their own. The ones that drive them away from the wholeness that they live in when in the PFO spirit, which makes room for their truest self. They are resilient. They see and “be” the light to which they speak and exhibit in our communities each day. Without so much as a wince, they surmount intangible surpressors, with all the love that radiates in their dedication and participation.

In being accountable, I feel that it can facilitate an experience for us to go deeper into ourselves and become more acquainted with who we are and where our purpose lies in this life. When we command ourselves to become more committed to being committed, it gives a sense of satisfaction, like checking off an item on your checklist. Clicking the send button is like ticking the box next to your objective. Its nerdy, but even your breath becomes lighter after deleting that final email in your inbox. Nothing left. Now you can sit back and wait; if even for 1 minute. Breathe and even crack a smile. Close your eyes and take a breath; look up from your monotonous screen and look out the window. You get the chance to take in swaying branches or the clouds and sun and sky. It’s a beautiful world. When you show up, it shows up. When we remain accountable, we are awarded the ability to see and feel many beautiful things. We search for them and they make themselves known. When we are accountable we can appreciate and there is so much that I can appreciate from PFO.