Significant passages deserve to be recognized and celebrated. Ceremony and ritual are an important part of the human experience and a Hero’s Journey.
Four young heroes started in the Little Blue House at Acton five years ago. Now they have earned to right to pass from the elementary studio to the middle school. This brave group marks the last who will remember the launch of Acton Academy and the bravery it took for Founding Families to start out on an uncharted journey.
We marked this passage with a weekend ranch trip; an evening ceremony by the fire; the creation of FAMP, a small tribe that will enter the middle school dedicated to changing it for the better with three objectives to by transferred by the actions of the tribe. (The meaning of FAMP and the three objectives will remain a secret within the tribe, which will be melted into the middle school tribe on December 1st.)
In the morning, we walked in silence before dawn to a hilltop with forty mile views. In silence we watched the sun rise. Each Eagle placed a special memento in an ancient rock pillar and marked the moment with a word dedicating themselves to the journey ahead: Try; Future; Responsibility; Diol (an imaginary word meant to distract you from your troubles.)
Heroes conquer mountains; then rest and recharge; then look for new challenges on the horizon. The end of an era; the dawn of a new adventure.