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Review for Cultivating Our Sisterhood International Association, Inc., West Hempstead, NY, USA

Rating: 4 stars  

COSIA for me serves as a powerful means of understanding emotional, social and technological complexity. The founder is a personal friend and someone who inspires me through her great maturity, endless patience, tolerance of other points of view, and a deep knowledge of human nature. She intuitively knows the strengths of those around her, and gently cultivates them. By remaining calm and relaxed in all situations, and making artful use of diplomacy or a quiet word to resolve conflicts, I have learned by example. She has the ability to listen to what another person is saying, and truly understand what is in their heart, and therefore is a beloved leader of a rewarding organization cutting through confusion and indecision, and setting things in motion.

COSIA offers a place to practice and display one's creativity and offers opportunities for travel, for meeting others, while promoting both business and spiritual growth in members and benefactors. It helps people such as myself to make more rapid progress towards goals by inspiring decisive action and a positive loving attitude. I find that communicating with other members helps one overcome inner conflict. Working with people I can trust who share a common goal also reduces delays in transactions and helps in making progress towards personal as well as professional goals.

COSIA provides a setting for developing one's full potential in a safe and realistic environment. It has been helping me to come to grips with progress, especially in terms of ever-new technology that overwhelms, especially us older folks. I have found a sense of identity that is not found in material possessions. It has encouraged me to let go of a lot of things while at the same time allowing me the space to be myself, to find my own path without feeling alone or isolated. By joining COSIA I have gained in emotional maturity (I hope) and friends. My thoughts have been clarified through the exploration of possibilities, through discussion, through seeing the examples of others and through direct action. I have been gently induced to get out of my comfort zone in order to reach out to new people, to bigger possibilities and to travel a bit in the process.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

being part of the community online and connecting with others from diverse parts of the nation that I might otherwise never have met. COSIA is a focus for my intellectual and creative energies, inspiring me to reach new heights and to reach out to others. I also got to experience how it feels to not always have to be self-sufficient, to be able to rely on others for some of my needs, instead of always being in the role of caretaker.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give it time to grow. Maybe it needs some more sun....and some busy bees to help it grow fragrantly.

Role:  General Member of the Public & I attended the 2010 retreat and watched COSIA grow from its inception. .