Wednesday, January 31, 2007
burst from my untouched
womb like a flower
on the farther side
of death. The world-tree
is blossoming. Two
realms become one.
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Merton, T 1955. No Man is an Island. New York: Harcourt.
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
"I believe that caring for persons, the more able and the less able serving each other, is what makes a good society. Most caring was once person to person. Now much of the of it is mediated through institutions - often large, powerful, impersonal; not always competent; sometime corrupt. If a better society is to be built, one more just and more caring and providing opportunity for people to grow, the most effective and economical way, while supportive of the social order, is to raise the performance as servant of as many institutions as possible by new voluntary regenerative forces initiated within them by committed individuals: servants. Such servants may never predominate or even be numerous; but their influence may form a leaven that makes possible a reasonably civilized society."
It is interesting that he links the welfare of society with servant hood. I still wonder if we are ready for a leadership approach that finds its highest expression in service.
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
De Pree writes: "Risks involves ambiguity and uncertainty. Risks result in a kind of learning available in no other way. Risk may entail a loss of control and an acceptance of vulnerability. Risks accompany abandoning the old makes way for the new. Risks on the part of individuals are the only way to improve our world. Humility invites risk, pride discourages it. Risks are inevitable."
May we learn to taking risks in our leadership whilst deeply rooted in the great grace of our God.Further Reading:
De Pree, M 2003. Leading without Power: Finding Hope in Serving Community. Wiley: San Francisco.