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I know, once this is over, I will, once again, turn my face Toward the promise of her kiss. Buried and dormant, in darkness, locked-down, My potentials live through her virtual presence. Even as my orbit drifts, further, from my centre… Even as the times seem, darker, than ever before, She keeps me going, keeps me growing, With the promise of her future kiss. How could any living being, even one so far away, Deny this pull… Resist this pull… The irresistible pull, of the sun…? So don’t… Centre, grow, and turn your face upward, And prepare, To be kissed. Neil Davidson 3 April 2020, Leuven
Sometimes... the world is quiet and light shines on me and I feel, somehow smaller as if I am dissipating, dissolving, taking up less space than only just a moment ago, with parts of me gently drifting, away... as if dissolving into the breeze. If I should disappear, Finding myself spread to the four winds Will you remember me?
Something tells me I should,I must — it insists — try to get a handle on this,And turn my current state into something!Something more conducive to ‘actions’,Actions that at least some others might think ‘productive’.Yet here I am, pencil in hand,Listening to Hildegard von Bingen — well,Not Hildegard specifically,But a choir singing her inspired 900 year old visions-turned-angelic-verseAnd scribbling on paper… as perhaps she did with quill?The waves have been strong this week,Tilting my nose up, lifting me, and making me inhale, deeply,In awe of the power I can feel passing through meHolding me in zero-gravity where my feet can’t reach the ground for long moments,And then,Crashing me down,Onto the sandWhere trapped-oceans pour-salty from my eyes, to drain back to the sea. On the land it seems firmer than the seaYet saturated shifting sands deceive; and mine are certainly shifting.What was, once, ‘solid’, is long forgotten,As the holes in me have changed, from porous to permeable,And in these “now’s” more flows through me than resides within…And the walls keep crumbling… collapsing around me. These once-filled cavities, unconnected,At least provided some certainty —For me, and others who knew where they were and how to tap them.Perhaps — like oil reserves — I reached [...]
How to have a Good Conversation
What do we mean by a “good” conversation? Simply, one that is focused, productive and meaningful. In this article, David Jago provides some insights into How to Have Good Conversations - a critical underpinning of our Courageous Conversations.
What calls you? … purposefully aligning around (y)our calling.
Each of us has our own life journey and experiences; and then, one day–sometimes after slowly building for years, sometimes completely out-of-the-blue–the urge to explore in another direction becomes overwhelming. How do you respond? […]