Two Years of Business in Detroit

September 5th, 2015 in Reflection

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Feeling very, very grateful. Yesterday we took a break and went out for a glass of wine to celebrate two years of business. 

Brian jokingly told the bartender: “Two years of having a baby together.” Our baby is Bamboo Detroit. It has three fathers and one mother, and blessed to have a hundred Bamboo members to grow with it, and thousands of visitors local and from around the world.

We’ve all really grown and changed these past two years and I’m really excited for what’s ahead next. It seems that each one of us has had to overcome personal challenges, individually and together as a team: work, direction, opportunities, fear, depression and pressure - and yet we’ve made it. And it seems so much in the past already. We’ve persevered and asked ourselves the hard questions. I think we are really ready for everything that could be next.

Brian has strengthened his leadership. He is calm and collected, a powerful force now more than ever. Dave has learned to create and innovate, letting go of plans to improvise and growing strong along the way. Mike has continued to challenge himself and us, keeping us focused on execution. Roles and responsibilities. Roles and responsibilities. You are born into them and yet you grow and expand with them over time.

Me? At first they used to joke the three always argued until I arrived. Perhaps I don’t need to be the one who calms the storm and brings us back to the table anymore. But I do think I must continue to tell our story, to lift the four of us up, along with our community.

Before the celebration, driving into work, I felt free and very calm. I was grateful to get to drive into our office, especially after laying sick for days. I felt a moment looking around at the grey, tall buildings in Detroit and felt very deeply that we are called to do this work right here. It is important work and we have yet to realize the full force of it, the community we are building, the strength and power we are instilling into hundreds of members over two years and into our four selves.

We have yet to fully realize what we are capable of. We are only just beginning, and that is the most beautiful part.

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