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The road

“The road seen, then not seen, the hillside hidingthen revealing the way you should take,the road dropping away from you as if leaving youto walk on thin air, then catching you, holding you up,when you thought you would fall, and the way forwardalways in the end the way that you came, the waythat you followed…” …

Point of silence

“As with most great communicators, God knows that the point of silence and the pause between sentences is not to give the audience the chance to fill the silence with empty babbling but to help create more depth to the conversation.” ~ Renite J. Weems How do you reach depth?

Gentleness

What if you bowed before every dandelion you met and wrote love letters to squirrels and pigeons who crossed your path? ~ Christine Valters Paintner

Bringing light

Evelyn Woodward speaks of the poet’s voice (or artist I would add) as “bringing the light of what is best in our history to bear on our struggles in the present and pointing to the unknown future with hope.” What light from history do you bring to the hope going forward?

Reflective

“Humility is essentially about being rooted and grounded. Humility is also about truth and radical self-honesty in celebrating the unique gifts we have been given in service of others, while we recognize our limitations and woundedness.” ~ Christine Valters Paintner What gift do you celebrate?

Journeying

Spend some time gazing at the image. What draws your eyes? What waters are you navigating? What journey does it invite you to take? What feelings or emotions does it evoke in you?

Observing

“Be still. Take time to really observe before you step. Vigilantly seek to see and uncover the universe of relationships that is in place before you step. Recognize that you are in relationship with the setting…” ~ John Paul Lederach, The Moral Imagination How do you notice connections?

Curiosity

Osheta Moore refers to curiosity as the birthplace of connection. Whatever our role, it is an ongoing invitation to explore and stretch beyond our knowing, our safety, or our narrative. What draws you to peek over the edge?

Hope

Hope begins small with mustard seeds or yeast, a little bread and a few fish. Hope flourishes as we take time for beauty, rest and celebration, and reshapes our vision. How does hope change you?

Bouquet

“The arts present the most powerful form of nonviolent resistance. …Reminders of beauty can present justice in words, images, and songs that draw us in and captivate our attention until their truth can reach our hearts and transform our communities.” ~ Makoto Fujimura, Culture Care How do you become a bouquet of flowers?

Crucibles

There are hard and formative experiences that create “a point of deep self-reflection that forced them to question who they were and what mattered to them. It required them to examine their values, question their assumptions, hone their judgment.” ~ Bennis/Thomas What have been those formative moments for you?

Sabbath rhythm

“God tackled the job of creating in chunks, leaving rhythmic space between evening and morning, between beginnings and endings…” ~ Adele Ahlberg Calhoun How do you create the in between spaces?

Entering

May my mind come alive todayTo the invisible geographyThat invites me to new frontiers,To break the dead shell of yesterdays, To risk being disturbed and changed.” ~ John O’Donohue What draws your eye as you enter the day?

Don’t know

“The difference between confusion and ‘don’t know’ is that confusion can only see one way out and that way is blocked, while ‘don’t know’ is open to miracles and insights.” ~ Joyce Rupp What “don’t know” opens paths of curiosity?

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