It was a rather difficult day, with lots of bad news in the media from every corner, and a creeping sense of despair made it hard to stay focused on the work at hand. I know others in my tribe have days like this too; they tell me so.
Then, as usual, something happened to make me remember all the good news as well. What follows is the text from Margaret Wheatley’s poster created for her 2012 book So Far From Home: Lost and Found in Our Brave New World. It’s a list of behaviors that contribute to an atmosphere of sanity, in these times when we sometimes seem to be descending into fear and chaos. It may or may not be the antidote for you that it was for me today, but either way, I thought I’d put it out onto the airwaves:
Warriors for the Human Spirit
We are grateful to discover our right work and happy to be engaged in it.
We embody values and practices that offer us meaningful lives now. We let go of needing to impact the future.
We refrain from adding to the aggression, fear and confusion of this time.
We welcome every opportunity to practice our skills of compassion and insight, even very challenging ones.
We resist seeking the illusory comfort of certainty and stability.
We delight when our work achieves good results yet let go of needing others to adopt our successes.
We know that all problems have complex causes. We do not place blame on any one person or cause, including ourselves and colleagues.
We are vigilant with our relationships, mindful to counteract the polarizing dynamics of this time.
Our actions embody our confidence that humans can get through anything as long as we’re together.
We stay present to the world as it is with open minds and hearts, knowing this nourishes our gentleness, decency and bravery.
We care for ourselves as tenderly as we care for others, taking time for rest, reflection and renewal.
We are richly blessed with moments of delight, humor, grace and joy.
We are grateful for these.
(Meet Meg Wheatley at http://margaretwheatley.com – she’s amazing)