Burn Baby Burn

December 9, 2010 Leave a comment

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“Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.”

-Leonard Cohen

Life and work certainly have been burning of late, and while I have been thankful for the opportunity across the board for full engagement of mind, body, and spirit, I am also missing some of my reflection and writing time.  And now I hear the voice of Mr. Cohen again –  “Forget your perfect offering, there’s a crack in everything, that is how the light gets in.”  So here is my little offering of light as the seasonal darkness grows, in the form of a few questions that continue to smoulder throughout my work.

  • When was the last time a public engagement process failed because of too much participation?
  • Can anyone be process-averse?  (Kind of like being allergic to the air we breathe?)
  • Has one ever really gotten it done?
  • Is there really such a thing as certainty?
  • What isn’t a work in progress?
  • If we know what we are doing isn’t working, what will it take to try something different?
  • How are we going to thrive if we don’t get at least a little crazy?

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