The Cloud of Unknowing*

I

no longer

make a plan

for myself

but respond

to the people

and things

in my life

which are part

of a plan

or

pattern

I

cannot

see.

*The Cloud of Unknowing is an anonymous work of Christian mysticism in the 14th century.

Inside Out, Outside In

We may judge

others’

outsides

from our own

insides.

Do we look

at others

as calm,

in control,

on top of things?

For many people,

it takes

a lot of

effort

to put

themselves

together.

What you see

is the result

of that effort,

not

the challenge

of

getting there.

When I have been

more willing

to reveal

some of my

inner feelings,

the

result can be

closer

relationships.

THOUGHT LEADER

Thought Leaders

are especially

important

during times of

Disruptive Innovation,

a concept

used in

this time

when things

aren’t working

and ways of thinking and doing

must be changed.

Since Pope Francis was chosen,

he has become a

powerful

THOUGHT LEADER.

From his first moments

Pope Francis

showed his

humility

asking for us

to pray for him.

He chose

simple garments,

comfortable black shoes,

paid his own hotel bill,

moved into a

simple apartment.

During Holy Week,

he washed the feet of the poor,

not all Catholics.

He told priests

to be merciful and compassionate

 towards those who are divorced

women who have had

abortions.

When asked about homosexuals,

he replied,

“Who am I to judge?”

Smiling,

he loves everyone

and in return,

he is loved.

The rules have not necessarily changed,

but the

TONE

has completely.

This change in tone is

Francis’

greatest achievement,

and it is HUGE!

In this

political season,

candidates

could learn

because Pope Francis

is an astute politician

in the best sense of the word.

As a South American

he sees the entrenched Vatican

as needing to be cleaned up,

finances and favoritism,

swept out.

Reflecting

compassion.

the tone,

the message

is that God is a God

of LOVE,

not JUDGMENT.

The Church’s role

is to make God

accessible.

Coming to the United States,

his first trip to North America,

he will speak

at the United Nations,

address Congress,

say Mass in Madison Square Garden.

Popular entertainers will

engage people,

using their words and music

to

open up people’s senses

to the music of their hearts.

Disruptive Innovation.

Bring it on!

Being Available Or Not

Living in a 24-7 world

Turning off

Tuning out

Electronically

and

in Person

can be a challenge.

Expectations

may be

to be

Always Available.

Some sleep

with their phones

at their bedside.

For emergencies

only?

Always

for some.

To spend time

in person

is another expectation

entirely.

Some insist

taking some of

another’s time

in person.

Surely

there are people

we want to spend time with

face to face,

eye to eye.

How can we

prioritize and choose

who we spend

real time

with?

Insisting

that time to be together

is necessary,

do you feel

like you must make an excuse?

Can you just

indicate that

it is not possible?

A cartoon

shows a man on the phone

saying

“No Thursday’s out.

How about never

-is that good for you?”

If you are laughing

and nodding your head,

think how you can modify

managing and prioritizing

your time and availability.

Perhaps

your

inner voice is

saying to you

that your excuse is

“I am going to be

contemplating

my navel!

Hiding Out

When I asked a lovely older couple, who still lead a very busy life,

how they manage it all

they both smiled and replied,

“Sometimes you hide out and you don’t tell.”

I have shared their secret, which is now also mine, with many people. The hiding out can be a day, an evening, 10 minutes. However short, take some time for yourself.”Hide out and don’t tell” can be your secret too.

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Ritual

Ritual.

Ritual

Ritual

Tradition

Out of the darkness of winter

Primal celebration

Holy Week

Passover

Easter

Some continue to come together

Honor

those who have gone before.

Some are too busy

or don’t believe rituals and traditions

are important anymore,

at least to them.

Have we lost a gift of community

leaving rituals and traditions

in the past?

Can we find a way to be grateful for the gifts

of life, light, new growth?

Seeing beauty

All around

Can bring dissonance

into harmony.

Seeing beauty, being grateful

for a bird’s song,

green shoots poking through layers,

for the smile of another.

Love is the ritual we can

all share.