I recently had my first Drop-In call with the founding members of The Härt Collective, an exclusive community for former male professional athletes.

This was a huge moment for me both personally and professionally. It was a moment that I had been thinking about since the idea to start this community came to me so many months ago.. and I was really nervous. During the call, I felt the magic of what this community could be, and why I've been called to create it. Or better yet, why the universe chose me to bring it to life.

COMMUNITY.. we all need community. And as a former professional athlete, there just isn't much community support out there. It was a simple call, nothing crazy, we just introduced ourselves and shared our intention for joining the community. 

During the call, I was reminded, so viscerally, of the power of presence.

It's a simple thing, the idea of being present, but something that we rarely get an opportunity to experience, especially in today's society, because of all the distractions we have to navigate on a daily basis.

I was blown away by the power a group of men can have for each other by simply being present.

As this community grows, I can feel the impact it's going to have, not only on the guys who join, but all the people they come in contact with. This is how we send ripples of positive change out into the world, through the power of presence. Presence heals.

Simply being present has the power to heal.

After the call, I walked into my backyard, dropped to my knees and cried. It was one of the most magical moments of my entire life.. 

It's difficult for me to put into words what I was feeling. I've been working on bringing this vision to life for so long, and for it to finally be manifested into reality.. it felt good. I've come a long way, worked really hard, faced a lot of my own self-limiting beliefs and fears to bring this thing to life.

But it was more than all of that..

In that moment, I felt a deep connection to something so much greater than myself. And all I could do was drop to my knees and say thank you.

I know that the universe has a plan. And the journey I've been on over the last 32 years, up to this point, as taught me one thing.. TRUST. I'm grateful I've learned to trust. It's made all the difference.

Joe Hawley former professional athlete
photo credit: Kimberly Mufferi Photography

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