We had no idea how April Fools’ Day 1995 would change our lives forever.
Exactly 26 years ago today, the two of us met at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) in Boston, Massachusetts.
Jung was 4.5 months into a “Cold War” with her mother, whose dream was to marry her to a Korean-American doctor.
Her friend Cindy “dragged” her to the MFA for a lecture on Korean Court Dance, suggesting that the next day, Jung could invite her mother to the performance as a “peace offering.”
Jung wasn’t convinced by Cindy’s idea, but after pulling an all-nighter to work on a deal for a client, she didn’t have enough strength to argue.
Charles had recently returned to the Boston area from Seoul, Korea where he had been studying Korean traditional music.
Working and going through his research while looking into graduate programs in ethnomusicology, he worried that he hadn’t done enough in Korea to get into graduate school.
After spotting a flyer from the MFA announcing a lecture and performance by the National Center for Korean Traditional Performing Arts, he jumped at the opportunity to learn more, hoping it would help his chances of getting into a Ph.D. program.
The rest of the story is for another day.
The moment we met, we felt so much resonance in how we thought, felt, and sensed from our respective stories and discoveries in life that we kept saying, “We gotta work together!”
But it sounded like pie in the sky: we didn’t have a clue what that work could be. How in the world could a corporate lawyer at a Boston boutique law firm for technology start-ups, and an aspiring Ph.D.candidate in ethnomusicology work together?
If anyone told us that we could work together as social entrepreneurs, we would have looked around to see if they were talking to someone else!
This month we celebrate our dream from 26 years ago coming true. As co-founders of SoulCo, we have been working together to teach, facilitate, and co-create learning communities of wise and compassionate leaders, Working Alive for the well-being of all.
In our work and personal journeys, we’ve learned that the quality of our listening has a direct impact on our well-being and the resilience of our relationships.
We all know the pain of not being heard and seen as we are; yet we haven’t learned how to listen fully – to ourselves and to each other. We can practice listening as a healthy habit to strengthen relationships at work and at home.
In celebration of our dream coming true, we are offering two complimentary Listening Lab sessions on two Wednesdays: 12 noon–1 pm EDT on April 14 and April 21. We are offering 23 complimentary seats to EACH session on a first-come first-served basis.
Session 1: Presencing & Listening
Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 12:00–1:00 pm EDT
In this first complimentary workshop on listening, you will:
Register here for Session 1
Session 2: Listening & Connecting
Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 12:00–1:00 pm EDT
In this second complimentary workshop on listening, you will:
Register here for Session 2
Feel free to share this celebratory invitation with others who may enjoy the Listening Lab.
Thank you for reading. We hope to celebrate with you and share what we have learned in support of your dreams, relationships, and meaningful work for the well-being of all!