What does a fire weigh?
Can a blast of wind be measured?
Can we bring back a day that is past?
We can measure BTUs.
We have instruments to measure windspeed.
We store and retrieve data from our days--journals, photos, videos, and meeting minutes in which we recall and perhaps virtually re-live specific moments.
May the gift of leadership awaken in you as a vocation,
Keep you mindful of the providence that calls you to serve.
As high over the mountains the eagle spreads its wings,
May your perspective be larger than the view from the foothills.
When the way is flat and dull in times of gray endurance,
May your imagination continue to evoke horizons.
When thirst burns in times of drought,
May you be blessed to find the wells.
May you have the wisdom to read time clearly
And know when the seed of change will flourish.
In your heart may there be a sanctuary
For the stillness where clarity is born.
May your work be infused with passion and creativity
And have the wisdom to balance compassion and challenge.
May your soul find the graciousness
To rise above the fester of small mediocrities.
May your power never become a shell
Wherein your heart would silently atrophy.
May you welcome your own vulnerability
As the ground where healing and truth join.
May integrity of soul be your first ideal.
The source that will guide and bless your work.
Questions for Reflection:
(It is recommended to precede any discussion with 5-10 minutes of silence to work through the questions and create talking points for discussion)
1. Is your starting point a bit more grateful penitent or arrogant deity? How do you know? What do you want it to be? What would others who know you well say?
2. As you move deeper into a Third Turn how might you better participate with something or Someone greater than you?
3. What stands out to you from the O'Donohue poem? Why?
4. As we've worked through these questions what is happening in your body? What emotions are you experiencing? What do you find yourself thinking about the most?
Tags:Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, Mission and vision, executive transitions, succession planning, Maestro-level Leaders, The Third Turn, The Third Turn Podcast
April 29, 2021