If you were there, you would know that the nighttime here speaks in riddles and starsRead More
And the trees have stories stored in their trunks and rough bark
and hidden in the sweet-sweetness of their olives
How do we know it is time to bring our work or our organization to completion? And how do we actually go about doing it? What does it mean to steward our organizations through their lifecycles, including the phase of dying, completion, release?
A sustainable system has an inherent ability to shed what is not needed and transform from one form to another in order to continue to evolve. Forests, animals, and even our own families do this seasonally and with every generation. But it seems this natural process is very difficult for organizations. Yet the skillfulness in discerning when it is time to let go - and the collective practice of doing it - is one of the most crucial learning opportunities for our own, and the social sector’s, vibrancy and evolution.Read More
These winter months have allowed me to be with my father doing a kind of spiritual housekeeping - sorting things out from the inside by sorting the material things in my parent's home - which is now my father's home. Books and papers and too many chutneys and extensions cords, along with the beautiful remembrances of my mother and their marriage. It's been a time of sorting through the evidences of a life lived and preparing the space for my dad to live in this next cycle of his life without her companionship in person. It has been enormous and sacred, and very ordinary all at once.Read More
"Today, many things indicate that we are going through a transitional period, when it seems that something is on the way out and something else is painfully being born. It is as if something were crumbling, decaying, and exhausting itself, while something else, still indistinct, were arising from the rubble," wrote poet and world leader, Vaclav Havel before his death.
What happens when our systems really break, show their cracks and our foundations begin to crumble? How do we find the resilience, ingenuity, open-heartedness in our souls and in our collective heart to respond in new or generative ways?Read More