There is no power greater than a community discovering what it cares about.
Ask "What's possible?" not "What's wrong?" Keep asking.
Notice what you care about. Assume that others may share your dreams.
Talk to people you know. Talk to people you don't know. Talk to people you never talk to.
Be intrigued by differences you hear. Expect to be surprised. Treasure curiosity more than certainty.
Invite in everybody who cares to work on what's possible. Acknowledge that everyone is an expert about something. Know that creative solutions come from new connections.
Remember, you don't fear people whose story you know. Real listening always brings people closer together.
Trust that meaningful conversations can change your world.
Rely on human goodness. Stay together.
– Margaret Wheatley
Spirituality in the Workplace: August 1, 2013
Live in My Life
I welcome you to live in my life today.
Here is my face – Smile through it. Here is my mouth – Speak to someone with it. Here are my ears – Listen to someone with them.
Here is my heart – Love someone with it. Here are my hands – Touch someone with them. Here are my arms – Hug someone with them. Here are my feet – Walk with them this.
Reminder – sometimes you are the only Gospel someone will ever read.
– Margie Rohr
Spirituality in the Workplace: July 30, 2013
For many of us in the workday world, this may almost be the end of your day job. But more than likely a myriad of other little jobs await you: transporting children to various places, caring for elderly parents, preparing meals ... on and on the list may go.
In monastic life, Vespers comes at the end of this workday – time to put most of our work tools away and turn our thoughts to making peace with the day and one another.
Now that the sun will soon be departing, whether or not we share monastic life, we may be drawn to check the condition of our hearts, so as to let not the sun go down on bitter hearts.
Perhaps these are some questions to ponder on our way home – questions that may serve as a gentle assessment of your day, drawing you into a deep gratitude. The questions that come from your own heart, however, are the essential ones. What has been the greatest blessing of this day? What one accomplishment can I smile over? Is there an unfinished task that is taking away my sense of fulfillment? (If so, bless it with the promise that you will attend to it tomorrow). Will I choose to relax in some way this evening? Am I able to look with compassion on the faces of those who have been a part of my workday?
John of the Cross says, "In the evening of life we shall be judged by love." How well have I loved this day? Is there anyone I need to make peace with before day's end?
The time will come when, with elation, you will greet yourself arriving at your own door, in your own mirror, and each will smile at the other's welcome, and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self. Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart to itself, to the stranger who has loved you all your life, whom you ignored for another, who knows you by heart. Take down the love letters from the bookshelf, the photographs, the desperate notes, peel your own image from the mirror. Sit. Feast on your life.
– Derek Walcott
Spirituality in the Workplace: July 23, 2013
The Sufis say that, if we are to speak well, our words must pass three gates.
At the first gate we ask: Are these words true? At the second: Are they necessary? At the third: Are they kind?
Silence creates new awareness. It provides a space that allows us to think about what we are saying, to hear our words in the echo chamber of our mind, and to find both our truths and the kindness with which to tell them.
– Adapted from "Listening Below the Noise" by Anne D. LeClaire
Spirituality in the Workplace: June 19, 2013
If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself.
If you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself.
Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of your own self-transformation.
– Lao Tzu
Spirituality in the Workplace: June 13, 2013
All we lack, now that life has become so sped up, is the will to slow it down so that we can live a little while life goes by. We need to want to be human as well as efficient; to be loving as well as informed; to be caring as well as knowledgeable; to be happy as well as respected. It's not easy.
– Sister Joan Chittister
College of Saint Elizabeth
2 Convent Road
Morristown, NJ 07960-6989