Wednesday, January 11, 2012

What Time is it in the World right now? Notes from Margaret Wheatley

In October I went to a public lecture by Margaret Wheatley the author of Leadership and the New Science, Turning to One Another and Perseverance.  She is a compelling speaker with wisdom for us.  So I thought I would like to share some of  my notes from her lecture.  She was speaking from the context of her new book, Perseverance.  This is a wonderful resource, each page holds wisdom on a particular topic that has to do with persevering in leadership and life.  It could be used as a daily meditation resource.  I have used quotes from it for leading worship, small groups and for my own spiritual practice.  I recommend it.  Here are some of my notes from her words that night:

What time is it in the world right now?
            - the era of doing more with less, especially time
            - increasing conflict
            - increased fear and anxiety
            - a time of blame, denial, avoidance

What time is it in the world right now?
-it’s just our turn to serve

-if we can look reality in the face then we can know where to serve

Who in your life has taught you to persevere?
-we weren’t brought up in a culture that thought this would be necessary
-everyday we must make a choice not to give up
-everyday we must make the choice to be conscious about what is going on and respond to it
-we cannot persevere without knowing how to deal with:
-these are just circumstances of every day life; not new to our culture
-it is not enough to have a bold vision, goals or passion
-must learn to move with life on life’s terms
-need to be prepared for when you will need discipline- that is perseverance
-can act out of bravery to try not to add to aggression of the world

Replace the words “I love you” with “I will stay awake with you”

Posted by Lori Megley-Best

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