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?