Wednesday, September 15, 2010

THE MINDFUL PRACTICE OF LIVING WITH OTHERS



Teaching has nothing to do with power-over and manipulation of the other. It's about showing the way, in a way, that helps the other see that they and their freedom and health and well being are more important than anything else. The way we lead tells us much about what we value.







A Blessing For One Who Holds Power


May the gift of leadership awaken in you as a
vocation,
Keep you mindful of the providence that calls you to serve.

As high over the mountains the eagle spreads its
wings,
May your perspective be larger than the view from
the foothills.

When the way is flat and dull in times of gray
endurance,
May your imagination continue to evoke horizon.

When thirst burns in times of drought,
May you be blessed to find the wells.

May you have the wisdom to read time clearly
And know when the seeds of change will flourish.

In your heart may there be a sanctuary
For the stillness where clarity is born.

May your work be infused with passion and creativity
And have the wisdom to balance compassion and
challenge.

May your soul find the graciousness
To rise above the fester of small mediocrities.
May your power never become a shell
Wherein your heart would silently atrophy.
May you welcome your own vulnerability
As the ground where healing and truth join.

May integrity of soul be your first ideal,
The source that will guide and bless your work.

John O'Donohue, from To Bless This Space Between Us

2 comments:

Bones said...

Excellent, Kent... both the blessing and your brief preface! I've appreciated the quotes from O'Donohue that you and a couple of others have been sharing recently, but this is the one that strikes closest to home for me.

Again, thanks!

Ron

Kent said...

Glad the poem resonated with you Ron. Me too.