The Texture of Sacred Silence

The Texture of Sacred Silence

When she enters a church, she explores the silence as if it’s the texture of a mystery. ~Maylis de Kerangal I love to explore holy spaces. Every time I enter a church, temple, mosque, red rock amphitheater, enclaves mysteriously abandoned by long-forgotten ancients. I am awed by the power of the palpable silence occupying the […]

Present Gong, Future Echo:  My 1000th Post!

Present Gong, Future Echo: My 1000th Post!

What happens in one world echoes in others. ~Roland, The Gunslinger How many lives do you, do we all navigate through believing each is independent, unique, disconnected from all others? We exist in our own internal and external lives, home life and work life, spouse life and children life, lover life and giver life. Though, […]

Distrust is Expensive

Distrust is Expensive

My experience is that significant distrust doubles the cost of doing business and triples the time it takes to get things done. ~Steven Covey I have seen distrust drive CYA (Cover Your Ass) behaviors to shield against the wrath of the distrusted party, watched teams stall progress without the creation of exhaustive specifications detailing every […]

When Good Is Evil

When Good Is Evil

Don’t treat people as bad as they are, treat them as good as you are. ~H.H. Dalai Lama Most people would say they are a bastion of righteousness, opposed to the unrighteous. We are correct, they are wrong. We are good people, they are bad. My God is God. Your god is the Devil. All […]

Is Hate Increasing?

Is Hate Increasing?

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. ~Martin Luther King Jr. Hate seems to be on the rise in our world. It seems to be growing exponentially, spewing out of human vessels in a heap of vomit onto fellow vessels. It’s a stench […]

The Poverty of ISM Thinking

The Poverty of ISM Thinking

Pastoral scene of the gallant South The bulgin’ eyes and the twisted mouth Scent of magnolias sweet and fresh Then the sudden smell of burnin’ flesh ~ Strange Fruit, Billy Holiday I make it a practice to read books outside the mainstream, revolutionary and counter-revolutionary works, ideas seeping from the underground and in the wide […]

Make Me Feel Important

We should picture everyone we meet as wearing an invisible sign saying, “Make me feel important.” ~Dale Carnegie I once had my annual review with my manager who answered an ‘important’ phone call in the middle of our session. The review was already contentious so this interruption during an interaction that was supposed to focus on […]

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