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First Days

“We have all the light we need, we just need to put it in practice.” – Albert Pike

Today, I start a new position after 17 years at another organization.
A choice that I made.
So many things in life happen to us – illness, death, a 2+ year pandemic.
In our reeling and reacting, we forget how to make things happen for us, to be proactive, to focus on what we can control.
Dare to ignite change to be renewed, rekindle and refreshed.
To more firsts.
To a new day to partake, participate and be present in.
So a blessing and a call to go down new paths, to break trail and to enter your unfolding and unfurling with energy and enthusiam.


“May your new work excite your heart,
Kindle in your mind a creativity
To journey beyond the old limits
Of all that has become wearisome.
May this work challenge you toward
New frontiers that will emerge
As you begin to approach them,
Calling forth from you the full force
And depth of your undiscovered gifts.
May the work fit the rhythms of your soul,
Enabling you to draw from the invisible
New ideas and a vision that will inspire.
Remember to be kind
To those who work for you,
Endeavor to remain aware
Of the quiet world
That lives behind each face.
Be fair in your expectations,
Compassionate in your criticism.
May you have the grace of encouragement
To awaken the gift in the other’s heart,
Building in them the confidence
To follow the call of the gift.
May you come to know that work
Which emerges from the mind of love
Will have beauty and form.
May this new work be worthy
Of the energy of your heart
And the light of your thought.
May your work assume
A proper space in your life;
Instead of owning or using you,
May it challenge and refine you,
Bringing you every day further
Into the wonder of your heart.”

— John O’Donohue, To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings

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