Tuesday, June 21, 2011

On The River

I came across this writing and thought how apt it is for us as leaders in an institution where change is happening as swiftly as the fast moving rivier, where sometimes it feels like we are just trying to keep our heads above the water, where many of us are frantically attempting to hold on to the shore. Let us instead, proceed with an air of celebration, focusing on the sacredness of our situation, gaining strength from the community that surrounds us that is context of our journey. I found this in a book by Margaret Wheatley, entitled, “Perseverance”.

"To My Fellow Swimmers:

Here is a river flowing now very fast,
It is so great and swift that there are those
who will be afraid, who will try
to hold on to the shore.
They are being torn apart and will suffer greatly.

Know that the river has its destination.
The Elders say we must let go of the shore.
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.
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.

The time of the lone wolf is over.
Gather yourselves.
Banish the word ‘struggle’ from your attitude
and vocabulary.

All that we do now must be done
in a sacred manner and in celebration.
For we are the ones we have been waiting for."
— Elders of the Hopi Nation Oraibi Arizona June 8 2000

Take Heart and gather strength my friends,


Lori Megley-Best

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