The Way It Is

A guest to our homes is arriving tonight — named 2005. We can treat this guest well in a multitude of ways, most immediately by giving generously to tsunami relief. As we learn more about the devastation and the number of deaths continues to climb, it is imperative that we all contribute to the relief of suffering.

In addition, I hope you will also review Heifer International, a world-wide effort to give animals and seedlings to impoverished people. Although not connected to tsunami relief, this is a very worthy cause. You can purchase an animal (such as a water buffalo, a goat or a flock of chicks) that will help a family rise from poverty. The program is exceptional because it focuses on helping people learn the skills of ecologically sensitive, sustainable agriculture as well as improving living conditions. Take a look at some of their projects.

William Stafford, one of my favorite poets, reminds us all as we begin this new year that we are tracing a thread. His spirit encourages a profound knowing. Where will this thread lead you in 2005?

The Way It Is

There’s a thread you follow. It goes among
things that change. But it doesn’t change.
People wonder about what you are pursuing.
You have to explain to them about the thread.
But it is hard for others to see.
While you hold it you can’t get lost.
Tragedies happen; people get hurt
or die; and you suffer and get old.
Nothing you do can stop time’s unfolding.
You don’t ever let go of the thread.

Best to you all, this New Year’s Eve — and thanks for showing up here.

Dan

One Comment

  • I read your previous post (the practice of leadership) and it was like a new vision to me. There is something I would like to add on, and I will try to explain it by reminiscence.
    Four years ago, I had to lead a group of 28 engineers for executing a project in my country. Some of them had almost twice my age. I remember one they I gathered them for a meeting in my office and I tried to explain them our situation and the way we had to execute our jobs. There was my best friend among us, who is now my first advisor. After the meeting, he asked me:
    Do you really believe in what you said?
    I emphasized “yes, by all my heart.”
    “But you couldn’t transfer what you believe to these people. You couldn’t use the power of words in the exact way.”
    Then he persuaded me to practice on this so I could find an approach to share my world with the others. At that time, he could not show me an exact method of practicing, so I tried hard to find it myself:
    First, I tried to develop my “Self-knowledge”, I needed a good consciousness on my beliefs, and a list of rights and wrongs based on my opinion so when I talked to these intelligent, inquisitive and somehow anxious people, I could make prompt impression on them.
    Then I endeavored to understand the ciphers and the riddles of the words, so I could chose the best terms for expounding what I exactly wanted to say. It was really a hard work, which has continued all these years -and I’m quite aware that it should be with me all my life -.
    Now I believe in the power of words. It often may convert to a destructive power because of irrational use and I have experienced it in both the business and family life.

    Ellin

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