All’s Right with the World!

Цветы на полях

Sometimes

by

Sheenagh Pugh

Sometimes things don’t go, Denver Nuggets

after all,

from bad to worse. Some years, Nike Air Jordan 6 Womens
muscadel

faces down frost; green thrives, Nike Air Jordan 1 Womens
the crops don’t fail,

sometimes a man aims high, and all goes well.

A people sometimes will step back from war;

elect an honest man; decide they care

enough, Utah State Aggies that they can’t leave some stranger poor.

Some men become what they were born for.

Sometimes our best efforts do not go

amiss; sometimes we do as we meant to.

The sun will sometimes melt a field of sorrow

that seemed hard frozen: may it happen for you.

I came across another poem called “Sometimes” that I want to share with you because it’s a wonderful reminder to notice when things go well….when our best laid plans actually work out….when good things happen. Womens Air Jordan 5 I had to read the first stanza of this poem twice to really get it, nike air max probably because I’m so accustomed to hearing the opposite message!

On this spectacular Autumn morning, Adidas NMD Heren our roses and petunias and marigolds are giving us a final burst of color; the chickadees are at the feeder as the chipmunk feeds on leftovers beneath; Charlie, Nike Air Jordan Mujer our cat, Keenan Robinson sleeps peacefully in a patch of sunlight on the patio.

Today,

Suspend Certainty: Leadership Lessons from Benjamin Franklin

benfrank I discovered this inspiring true story retold by Alan Briskin in the chapter he wrote called Deep Dialogue which can be found in the timely and important book, The Transforming Leader: New Approaches to Leadership for the Twenty-First Century, edited by Carol Pearson. nike air max 2015 hombre Maglia Tracy McGrady Adidas NMD Dames beige Abercrombie Pas Cher When the representatives from the various states gathered to create the US Constitution, they could not agree on whether they were modifying the existing Articles of Confederation or creating a new constitution for the nation. Womens Air Jordan 13 Mens Nike Air Max 2016

NIKE AIR HUARACHE

Canotta Miami Heat They could not agree on the extent of power for the central government or how representation should be distributed. asics gel pulse 7 męskie Air Jordan 6 Joe Flacco Ravens Jerseys They couldn’t agree on much of anything. After a month or so, Benjamin Franklin, now in the last years of his life rose to speak. asics gel kinsei hombre Stanford Cardinal Jerseys He acknowledged their despair at ever finding a way forward and suggested they were looking for democracy in all the wrong places—backward in history and sideways to existing governments of Europe. New Balance 678 męskie Asics Pas Cher He encouraged them instead to pray together each morning and look forward to the emerging future. The group rebuffed his suggestion to begin each day with prayer but continued against all odds to carry on with their work. Canotte Detroit Pistons Minkah Fitzpatrick Alabama Jersey

Out of bitterness, partisanship, and fierce debate arose some measure of listening and agreement—miraculously a document that became the founding structure for a nation based on democratic principles. Asics Mexico męskie chaussures nike Nike France Central Michigan Chippewas Jerseys Then on the very last day of the convention, when it was necessary to ensure that as many representatives as possible signed the draft document, Franklin addressed the convention again, although this time he was too ill to speak for himself and his address was read by a fellow representative from Pennsylvania. Maglie Orlando Magic Maglie Orlando Magic He argued that democracy is born from our human capacity to suspend the certainty of our positions. And even though he believed the current document before him was flawed in significant ways, he noted he had learned in his life that his judgment could change over time. adidas Gloro homme Nike Free 5.0 Dames blauw

Womens Jordan Retro 13 Drawing upon his extraordinary wit, he argued that the Church in Rome was different than the Church in England only insofar as one believed it was infallible and the other that it was never wrong. Chris Jones Democracy depended, he insisted, on our capacity to suspend the inclination to be always in the right in order for something new to be born. Air Jordan 7 (VII) Asics Homme Pas Cher That something new became the U.S. Air Jordan Retro 3 Nike Air Max 2016 Goedkoop Cheap Nike Air Max 90

Canotta All Star 2015 Constitution. NIKE ROSHE TWO

Fjallraven Kanken 7L Yeezy 350 Boost Northern Iowa Panthers This is the legacy of our democratic institutions and the lesson we must continually learn and relearn, Suspending our personal certainty is the source of our transformation. Goedkoop Nike Schoenen Air Max 2013
new balance 1500 ebay nike air max 2017 goedkoop When we maintain this discipline, we create the spaciousness required to allow new ideas to be born and brought forward from the group itself. Nike Air Max Sko New Balance 574 Pas Cher Nike Solarsoft

No great deeds are done by falterers who ask for certainty.

What Do You Plan to Do?

yellow field in serene scene

  The Summer Day by Mary Oliver

Who made the world?

Who made the swan, nike tn homme and the black bear?

Who made the grasshopper? This grasshopper, Tony Brown Jersey I mean–

the one who has flung herself out of the grass,

the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,

who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down–

who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.

Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.

Now she shape her wings open, Solde adidas gazelle and floats away.

I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.

I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down

into the grass, New Balance 446 męskie how to kneel down in the grass,

how to be idle and blessed,how to stroll through the fields,

which is what I have been doing all day.

Tell me, what else should I have done?

Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

In my last blog I wrote about the spectacular Kingfisher, Adidas NMD Dames who flies, swoops and dives with grace and ease doing exactly what it is meant to do…as does the grasshopper in Mary Oliver’s poem. Adidas Nmd Uomo

Everything on earth expresses it’s inner essence, no questions asked–except for us! We human beings somehow have to search for who we are and what we are here to do.

Discovering what you are here to do may seem to be a daunting task, but I’ve learned from my own experience and that of my clients, fjallraven kanken uk that our purpose is often right in front of us. We simply must pause, reflect, get to know ourselves in order to see it. Mississippi State Bulldogs Jerseys Then we must do something with what we’ve learned! My own search led me to my work as a coach…work that I love and feel I was always meant to do. My work is a creative expression of who I am. What’s interesting is that I began using my gifts early on as a camp counselor, school teacher, parent, swimming instructor, then OD consultant, and finally leadership and life coaching. I’m not sure I recognized this way of being in the world as the expression of “my gifts,” but there’s no doubt that I was doing what I was drawn to do, GS Air Jordan 5 what felt right in some way. One of the great joys of my life now is that by bringing my gifts into the world, SCARPE NIKE HUARACHE

I am able to help others do the same!

Tell me,

Stay in the Middle of the River

midriver

Finding Our Place

Humans have a responsibility to their own time not as if they could seem to stand outside it and donate various spiritual and material benefits to it from a position of compassionate distance. James Develin Humans have a responsibility to find themselves where they are, in their own proper time and place in the history to which they belong and to which they must inevitably contribute either their response or their evasions, either truth and act, or mere slogan and gesture. Odell Beckham Jr Jersey air max homme pas cher Nike Tennis Classic Thomas Merton

It seems the Message from the Hopi Elders touched many of you. adidas zx flux damskie niebieskie nike tn noir This guidance was offered at the time of the millennium to show us a way to live in these uncertain times. Nike Air Max 2017 Dames I love the metaphor of the river—fierce and turbulent, filled with eddies, rocks and rapids. Adidas ZX 10000 Heren It sometimes flows a little more quietly pausing to gather up its full force to sweep us along…at least those of us who have let go of the shore! Why in the world would we let go of the shore and swim out to the middle? Perhaps because the Elders warn us that those who don’t will be torn apart and will suffer greatly. adidas messi astro New Balance 997.5 hombre And by the way… we’d better keep our heads above water so we can look around see who is riding these waves of change with us and celebrate for now is our time. San Antonio Spurs

We are the ones we have been waiting for. Adidas Nmd Donna Grigie

Here’s advice I’m giving myself. Nike Air Max 90 Heren Alabama T-Shirts Perhaps it will be useful to you.

What to Remember When Waking

Небеса

What to Remember When Waking

by David Whyte

In that first hardly noticed moment in which you wake, coming back to this life from the other more secret, nike buty męskie moveable and frighteningly honest world where everything began, there is a small opening into the new day which closes the moment you begin your plans.

What you can plan is too small for you to live. What you can live wholeheartedly will make plans enough for the vitality hidden in your sleep.

To be human is to become visible while carrying what is hidden as a gift to others. To remember the other world in this world is to live in your true inheritance.

You are not a troubled guest on this earth, you are not an accident amidst other accidents you were invited from another and greater night than the one from which you have just emerged.

Now, nike air max 1 turquoise looking through the slanting light of the morning window toward the mountain presence of everything that can be what urgency calls you to your one love? What shape waits in the seed of you to grow and spread its branches against a future sky?

Is it waiting in the fertile sea? In the trees beyond the house? In the life you can imagine for yourself? In the open and lovely white page on the waiting desk.

 

This morning I slipped slowly from dreaming to waking experiencing that in-between space that feels so magical…as if I were in both worlds at once. Asics Gel Kayano Evo Homme I treasure this moment for it doesn’t happen as often as I would like. NIKE ZOOM KD 9 Many mornings, Houston Cougars I wake up abruptly with no memory of my dreams,

Sometimes

Forest

  Sometimes

by David White

Sometimes

if you move carefully

through the forest,

breathing

like the ones

in the old stories,

who could cross

a shimmering bed of leaves

without a sound, 

you come

to a place

whose only task

is to trouble you

with tiny

but frightening requests,

conceived out of nowhere

but in this place

beginning to lead everywhere.

Requests to stop what 

you are doing right now,

and

to stop what you

are becoming

while doing it,

questions

that can make

or unmake

a life,

questions

that have patiently

waited for you,

questions

that have no right 

to go away.

This powerful poem, Sometimes, reminds me that when I am confronted with unanswerable questions,  to stand still and wait in uncertainty long enough to realize that there are questions that have “waited patiently for me, questions that have no right to go away.” This go around I didn’t turn to this poem right away.  First, I needed to reconnect to my Self by nourishing my spirit and resting my body.  In fact, I didn’t even remember the poem until a few days ago when I felt ready to listen to those “tiny but frightening requests!”

David Whyte observes that most of us are living several years behind the curve of our own transformation because of the temptation to stay in a place that has become comfortable. I admit that this has been a pattern in my life. Often it’s a major disruption such as an illness or terrible loss that forces us to “stop what we are doing and what we are becoming while we do it.”

What a powerful reminder to me that it’s time to wake up to present reality, listen to what my life is telling me, and discern the questions that have to do with the person I am becoming. I turned seventy five in June. Yikes!  How can this be? Perhaps I am becoming an Elder! How can I harvest from this season of life?  In the words of David Whyte, “How can I drink from the deep well of how things are?”       Namaste.

From the Elders of the Hopi Nation

hopi               “TO MY FELLOW SWIMMERS” We have been telling the people that this is the Eleventh Hour Now you must go back and tell the people that this is the Hour And there are things to be considered. Where are you living? What are you doing? What are your relationships? Are you in the right relation? Where is your water? Know your garden. It is time to speak your truth. tn requin noir et bleu adidas neo uomo Create your community. Nike Flyknit Racer

Be good to each other. albion silver NIKE AIR JORDAN 11

And do not look outside yourself for the leader. Philadelphia 76ers Here is a river flowing now very fast. nike legging homme It is so great and swift that there are those Who will be afraid, who will try To hold on to the shore. Comprar Nike Air Max nike air max pas cher They are being torn apart and Will suffer greatly. Nike Marxman Know that the river has its destination. Air Max Flyknit Donna

The elders say we must let go of the shore. Air Max 90 Dames Push off into the middle of the river, And keep our heads above water. And I say see who is there with you And celebrate. adidas stan smith uomo At this time in history, We are to take nothing personally, Least of all ourselves, For the moment we do, Our spiritual growth and journey come to a halt. NIKE AIR ZOOM ELITE 9 Nike Air Max Thea Heren blauw

The time of the lone wolf is over. NIKE AIR MAX THEA ULTRA FLYKNIT Gather yourselves. new balance running homme soldes Banish the word struggle from our attitude And vocabulary. All that we do now must be done In a sacred manner and in celebration.

STANDING STILL….STILL!

 tower black stone and hibiscus with bamboo on the water 

Everything comes to us that belongs to us if we create the capacity to see it.
~ Rabindranath Tagore ~

Last week I posted the poem Lost by David Wagoner and before that John O’Donohue’s For the Interim Time.  Clearly, I’m in the midst of one of those “in-between times” (AGAIN).  What’s interesting is that when I said a couple of weeks ago that I’d learned to trust this interim time…I spoke too soon!

Unplanned unfoldings have landed me in a place where nothing is certain. Let me tell you, that while I do know that in time I’ll sense and shape the future that’s emerging, the interim time is really uncomfortable!

Once again, I remember the advice of the Elders to young braves should they be lost in the forest—“Stand still. Wherever you are is called HERE. The forest knows where you are…you must let it find you.”

Standing still for me is a quiet time of meditating, yoga, nourishing my spirit with poetry and music. And it’s about listening. This time around, I’ve been inspired by Mark Nepo’s Seven Thousand Ways to Listen. “Whatever difficulty you face, there are time-tried ways you can listen your way through.  Because listening is the doorway to everything that matters.  We listen to awaken our heart.  We do this to stay vital and alive.”

In stillness, I listen deeply until I begin to feel reconnected to my Self…my Self with a capital S.  Otto Scharmer describes this as the capacity of our “I in-now” to link with our authentic or higher Self.  When we keep that connection to our deeper source of knowing, we’re able to tune into emerging future possibilities… a future that is in need of us and that only we can bring into reality.  (from Theory U)

If I can live with the uncertainty of feeling lost long enough, I am creating the capacity to sense the future emerge, often in completely unexpected ways.  As John O’Donohue reminds us “it is difficult and slow to become new.  The more faithfully you can endure here, the more refined your heart will become for your arrival in the new dawn.”  (from For The Interim Time)

 So HERE I am…Still Standing…Still!

 

 

Stand Still….You are not lost!

Misty Old Forest. Autumn Woods

LOST 

Stand still.  The trees ahead and bushes beside you

Are not lost.  Wherever you are is called Here,

And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,

Must ask permission to know it and be known.

The forest breathes.  Listen.  It answers,

I have made this place around you.

If you leave it, you may come back again, saying Here.

No two trees are the same to Raven.

No two branches are the same to Wren.

If what a tree or a bush does is lost on you,

You are surely lost.  Stand still. The forest knows 

Where you are.  You must let it find you.

 By David Wagoner

Last week I wrote about The Interim…a moment in time when we feel LOST, unable to go back to where we were or to see the way forward. What to do? Perhaps it would be wise to follow the advice the Elders gave to young braves should they be lost in the forest.  Stand still…Listen…Observe…Feel the space around you.   “Wherever you are is called HERE, and you must “treat it as a powerful stranger, must ask permission to know it and be known.”

“Stand still….the forest knows where you are…you must let it find you.”

“To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work!”  Mary Oliver

The Interim Time

man in a dark forest

For the Interim Time

By John O’Donohue 

When near the end of day, life has drained

Out of light, and it is too soon

For the mind of night to have darkened things,

No place looks like itself, loss of outline

Makes everything look strangely in-between,

Unsure of what has been, or what might come.

 In this wan light, even trees seem groundless.

In a while it will be night, but nothing

Here seems TO believe the relief of dark.

You are in this time of the interim

Where everything seems withheld.

 The path you took to get here has washed out;

The way forward is still concealed from you.

“The old is not old enough to have died away;

The new is still too young to be born.”

 You cannot lay claim to anything;

In this place of dusk,

Your eyes are blurred;

And there is no mirror.

 Everyone else has lost sight of your heart

And you can see nowhere to put your trust;

You know you have to make your own way through.

 As far as you can, hold your confidence.

Do not allow your confusion to squander

This call which is loosening

Your roots in false ground,

That you might come free

From all you have outgrown.

 What is being transfigured here is your mind,

And it is difficult and slow to become new.

The more faithfully you can endure here,

The more refined your heart will become

For your arrival in the new dawn.

 

Twilight…a quiet,shadowy, mysterious yet magical in-between time when “no place looks likes itself; where everything seems withheld.”  You’ve landed in a space in time, perhaps a bit bewildered and uncertain because the “old is not old enough to have died away: the new is still too young to be born.” John O’Donohue reassures us that what is being transfigured here is our mind which is becoming free of what it has outgrown. It is difficult and slow to become new!  You must “hold your confidence and not squander” this precious time.

I’ve learned to trust this interim time for I’ve experienced it quite often in my long life. The first step for me is to recognize that I’m in this interim space. I’ve learned to BE in the discomfort of not knowing when “The path I took to get here has washed out; the way forward is still concealed from me.” In time, I will see and sense the world from a different place altogether–connected to a deeper place of Being in which I can begin to “sense and shape the future as it is emerging.” This process is called Presencing by Otto Scharmer, Peter Senge, Joseph Jaworski and Betty Sue Flowers.  If it intrigues you, read their book, Presence: Human Purpose and the Field of the Future and Leading from the Emerging Future by Otto Scharmer and Katrin Kaufer.

More about Presencing in my next blog!  In the meantime, I’d love to hear about your experience being in Interim Time.