Action, like a sacrament,
Is the visible form of an invisible spirit
an outward manifestation of …an inward power.
An expression act is not to achieve a goal outside myself
but to express a conviction…a leading, a truth that is within me.
An expressive act is one taken
because if I did not
if I did not …If I did not take it
I would be denying…my own insight, gift, nature.
Action, like a sacrament, is the visible form of an invisible spirit
an outward manifestation of…an inward power. But as we act,
we not only express what is in us…and help give shape to the world.
We also receive what is outside us
And we reshape…our inner selves.
When we act, the world acts back.
The world acts back
and we and the world,
we and the world are
Right action is a process of birthing that cannot be forced
but only allowed.
From “Finding Our Way – Leadership For an Uncertain Time” – Margaret J. Wheatley
In Margaret Wheatley’s book, “Finding Our Way – Leadership For an Uncertain Time”, Margaret shares that in moving from our “Old Story” and a “New Story”, we discover a world where life gives birth to itself using two powerful forces: the need to be free to create one’s self and the need to reach out for relationships with others.
These forces never disappear from life. Even if we deny them, we can’t ever extinguish them. Life can never stop asserting its need to create itself, and life never stops searching for connections.
This is a powerful message for those who are engaged in positions of leadership on any level within an organization. Leaders who live in this “New Story” provides an environment, a space, a culture that guides individuals to understand ourselves differently by the way they lead.
These new story leaders trust our humanness; they welcome the surprises we bring to them; they are curious about our differences; they delight in our inventiveness; they nurture us; they connect us. They trust that we can create wisely and well, that we seek the best interests of our specific organizations and our communities, that we want to bring positivity, love and peace into the world.
In his book “The MEANING Revolution – The Power of Transcendent Leadership”, Fred Kofman shares, there are times when we need to ask our entire organization a few key questions such as the following:
Why do we exist as an organization?
Why is our organization worthy of our best efforts?
What values do we want to express?
How are we demonstrating a way of being and relating (to each other, and to all our external stakeholders) that we wish extended to all humanity?
How do we create an inclusive environment where all those who share our mission and values feel like they belong?
How do we connect to one another authentically?
Key Reflection Questions:
In the last 24 hours:
- When did I express my ability to make a difference?
- How did I confirm and progress forward toward exploring, discovering and integrating a way of being and relating (to each other, and to all our external stakeholders) that we wish extended to all humanity
- Did I experience a fulfillment of my being and connection to one another authentically?
- What activities inspired me, or provided me a sense of purpose, meaning, peace, celebration, gratitude, conscious awareness of the realities of my being and its vitality?
As you spend time with one or more of these reflection questions, describe your insights and discoveries and how you are manifesting the courage of inspiration and awakening your creative spirit. How will your integrate your new awareness of your being. Focus your awareness inside of yourself, to an area where you find calm and ease. Be gentle, locate a positive sensation(s), accept yourself as you are today and take all the time you need.
If you would like to explore, confirm and express your gifts and need professional support in integration, don’t hesitate to contact me using the information below: I look forward to hearing from you.