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10.28.10

I want to dive in today…

Filed under: quotes — 1:32 pm

“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.
The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference.
The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference.
And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.”

(Elie Wiesel)

10.18.10

A farm without fences

Filed under: God's movement,quotes — 4:26 pm

“An African Christian described it to me this way:  “You Americans think of Christianity as a farm with a fence.  Your question is, ‘Are you inside the fence or outside of it?’  We Africans think differently.  We think of Christianity as a farm with no fence.  Our question is, ‘Are you heading towards the farm, or away from it?'”  The church’s identity is not defined primarily by its edges, but by its center:  focused on Christ, the sole source of our identity, no intruder poses a threat.  No alien hops a fence, because there is no fence.  Boundaries are determined by proximity to the Holy Spirit’s centripetal pull, not by arbitrary human borders.”
(Dean, Almost Christian)

09.06.10

Regret

Filed under: life,quotes — 10:01 am

According to Gilbert, studies show that “in the long run, people of every age and in every walk of life seem to regret not having done things much more than they regret things they did.” (read more)

This strikes a deep chord in me.  I get distracted by doing things…but my deepest, most core fears are all about missing out.  What if I don’t live up to my ideals and dreams?  What if I get caught up in pragmatic safety and miss out on the path to real adventure?  What if I never actually become the person I was made to be?  I don’t want to be driven by fear…but I don’t want to ignore this deep ache either.

What is it for you?

07.11.10

Live as if you…

Filed under: life,quotes — 11:10 am

“Live as if you were living already for the second time, and as if you had acted the first time as wrongly as you are about to act now.”

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

06.28.10

a vision

Filed under: God's movement,quotes — 6:22 pm

“The demand is liberation; the emphasis is connectedness; the corrective is suffering; the power is imagination; and the vocation is tikkun olam — the repair of the world.”


Maria Harris, in her book Proclaim Jubilee: A Spirituality for the Twenty-First Century

06.21.10

be here now. (easier said than done)

Filed under: life,quotes — 8:33 pm

“Remember that when we are present, we see that there really is a Divine plan, and that it is happening right now. Consciously participating in the miraculous unfolding of reality is the Holy Work, and it is the greatest source of satisfaction that we can have.” (Understanding the Enneagram, 56)

What stops you from being fully present in each moment?  For me, there are two things:  (1) My iPhone.  Instead of thinking or praying as I walk to my next work meeting, I quick flip through Twitter world.  Instead of fully engaging with Henry at the park, I half watch him play…half dominate the high-stakes tables of Texas Hold’em.  It’s a problem.  (2) Dreaming about the future.  They say that you’re biggest strength can easily become your biggest weakness, and being futuristic is mine.  I can be so caught up in the potential beauty and excitement of the future that the present feels cruelly boring.  Or even more insidious, when the present feels overwhelming and threatens my idealism, the future is a safe place to hide.  Once again, this can be quite a problem.

What about you?   What stops you…AND what keeps you present in the moment?

06.11.10

where does the future come from?

Filed under: creativity,leadership,quotes — 11:08 am

“Learn from the fringe.  It’s true for music, fashion, business, and the arts:  the future starts on the fringe, not in the mainstream.  As William Gibson once said, The future has already happened, it’s just unequally distributed.  To see it coming, we have to pay attention…”  (Gary Hamel)

05.17.10

two painful quotes for today

Filed under: God's movement,life,quotes — 12:42 pm

“We seem to have focused so much on exuberant beginnings and victorious endings that we’ve forgotten about the slow, sometimes tortuous unraveling of God’s grace that takes place in the ‘middle places.'”           (Sue Monk Kidd)

“We must be willing to be uncomfortable for a while if we wish to be released from whatever has bound us.”  (Understanding the Enneagram)

04.23.10

So inspiring…

Filed under: God's movement,life,quotes — 5:47 pm

“I want to be remembered as someone who used herself and anything she could touch to work for justice and freedom … I want to be remembered as one who tried.”

Dorothy Height, who died Tuesday, a founding matriarch of the American civil rights movement.

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