A Leadership BlessingFebruary 26, 2010 Leave a comment
Thanks to our colleague, Susan DeGenring of Alchemy Learning, for bringing this a blessing about leadership to our attention. It is the work of John O’Donohue, the late Irish teacher and poet, from his last book, To Bless the Space Between Us. Please read and share your thoughts, as I share mine below:
FOR ONE WHO HOLDS POWER
May the gift of leadership awaken in you as a
Keep you mindful of the providence that calls you to
As high over the mountains the eagle spreads its
May your perspective be larger than the view from
When the way is flat and dull in times of gray
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
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.
A few lines in particular leap out at me. For instance, “In your heart may there be a sanctuary, For the stillness where clarity is born.” Yes! As a Christian, I’m embracing the Lenten season as an opportunity to make space for stillness. But someone like me is also affected by the provocative line in O’Donohue’s pretty poem that beckons me to “rise above the fester of small mediocrities” via my leadership. While I often misapply this call to excellence and do too much, it is when I slow down to stillness that I recognize that it precisely in the doing of many things that mediocrity festers. Thank you John! Again, as in last week’s post, I find myself in deep gratitude to a poet for speaking plain, piercing, truth to my soul.
In reading this poem, did any parts jump out at you in particular? Why? How might your leadership, “integrity of soul” be strengthened? Where is it most weak? What insights or meditations are spurred from this reading?