Values to be upheld by Roberts' Green Letter and our members (that's you!)
It’s good that you’re here. This is required reading for Roberts’ Green Letter customers, including you, ___________.
I’m putting your name in there, ______________ as I do consider writing to be a one-to-one venture. I share my truth with each of you. You feel it, or don’t, and reflect that. I listen.
Welcome to Roberts’ Green Letter. R. This is my party and you’re welcome to be here as long as you’re a good guest.
These are my rules and they will be upheld by both me and you while you’re here.
“To uphold” means these words won’t sit on a page. We will need to be active agents in holding onto them in the thick of things, and reaching up to the sky with them in hand, out of the muck.
These will evolve and we’ll learn together what needs to be stated as a community. A few things are on my mind today, on launch day.
One, I would be honored if you enjoyed, or hated, my content enough to strike up a conversation with others about it.
However, this is not a shared sign-in.
The content is for our community. Please quote a snippet, instead of the whole thing. Please don’t forward the email. Instead, please suggest the person join our membership community here, where the content can be found in context.
One reason for that is that context is everything.
This is a community where we learn and share about our wins and our losses. Where we acknowledge our fears as a step toward moving toward joy.
As a writer, I have published essays about my deepest fears and moments of shame or anguish. No one’s ever said this to me, but I wonder if some think it’s “performative.”
I want to say it’s not, but maybe it is. But it’s also something I do because I’m committed to it as part of my learning process.
Maybe these are one and the same. Standing up in public and taking responsibility feels good, because it should. But it’s not safe out there. So here, I hope to offer a smaller safer space for sharing your flexes (💪) as well as your L’s.
That means that this community will be one where the following three values meet and overlap:
Respect - Always act with respect toward yourself and others. This guides all actions.
Transparency - Learn, and you change yourself. Show us how you learned, and you change us all.
Agency - You can always take responsibility. We are one organism with many voices.
Questions? Discussion? Yes, always. But overall, if you can’t be guided by these, please cancel your membership now, or as soon as the disparity comes to your attention.
Our values include the time and thought we put into this. Uncounted hours went into Roberts’ Green Letter so far. Should we continue? We’ll give it a while and see.
If you value the content, please pay for it. If it’s too much, let me know.
I’m not going to say the following every time, and I don’t think you should either.
You may see me critiquing people or organizations in Roberts’ Green Letter, or you might think you did. My intent is always going to be constructive. In writing I often will call the mistake out first in myself. If you don’t see me do that in writing every time, you can bet I’ve thought about it. If at any point you don’t think I’ve held myself to as high or a higher standard than someone else I’m discussing, please draw my attention to it.
I’m not going to say “It’s not personal,” though.
It is personal.
Our work as well as our life comes from who we are as people. This will be a work-focused publication, but the stakes are life itself.
Last thing for now… This is a sharing-positivity zone. I’m happy for you to “self-promote” your ideas, your skills, even your services in our community. My one ask is to share how you think as well as how you got there.
And please be generous in sharing your expertise, including on things you think you don’t have expertise on. We’re all humans and we have a lived experience of just about everything under the sun.
We all rise together.
Thanks for reading (even though it was required). Please add your comments and questions below!
In good company,
Quill Nook Farm