I’ve been accused of being a conceptual-thinker (and most of the time I do not think it is meant as a compliment). And that’s probably the root of the apprehension I feel in putting this out there.
At the heart of the matter? The world needs leaders who are operating from a deep place – from their soul. But soul work is subtle.
In Courage to Teach, Parker Palmer writes:
If we want to support each other’s inner lives, we must remember a simple truth: the human soul does not want to be fixed, it wants simply to be seen and heard. If we want to see and hear a person’s soul, there is another truth we must remember: the soul is like a wild animal – tough, resilient, and yet shy. When we go crashing through the woods shouting for it to come out so we can help it, the soul will stay in hiding. But if we are willing to sit quietly and wait for a while, the soul may show itself.
Check out the article and let me know what it stirs in you.
Oh, and a shout out to Rhonda Pfaltzgraff-Carlson over at WorkingWisdom.co for some helpful feedback on the essay.