I recently completed the first online class of “The Power of Partnership”. It was a powerful adventure in realizing the interconnectivity of all life through our relationships and a huge, multi-faceted journey getting to use the great tips and tools to do relationship in a partnership way in my future. I was often struck by the realization that some of us relate well in partnership in some forms and others of us relate better in partnership in other forms. Each of us has our strengths and our areas to improve upon if partnership is to come to be a way of life for us as a whole humanity. The good news is that this class gives anyone practical how to’s to live into the big picture of what Riane depicts in her book, “The Power of Partnership: Seven Relationships That Will Change Your Life”. The biggest learning for me was how much time I don’t spend on my relationship with myself and my close family relationships. I am so out in the world working to forge a partnership future that I fail to make sure I am living this way all the time myself. Ouch! And so glad to have been re-centered in what really matters during the class. It takes time to be in partnership and to do it in a way that meets the needs of everyone in the relationship. Since the course I have continued to take more time to breathe, to have “do-nothing” time, and have planned weekly open chat time with my partner. Because I am of service to the world as a relationship educator and coach, I am deeply grateful for the plethora of paradigm shifting information from my study time in the class and the gifts of practical activities I can do to stay on the partnership pathway. I continue to regularly use quotes from Riane’s writings and make suggestions from the rich list of ways to partner in the book. I am creating a book study class using “The Power of Partnership” to offer to students at www.instituteforrelationship education.com in the summer. Kudos to Sara and Susan for their compassionate and enriching facilitation of this class!