Wishing you a wonderful 2014!
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 Irish poet and philosopher John O'Donohue's outlook on life has resonated with me since I heard his podcast called The Inner Landscape of Beauty shortly after his death.  His Irish brogue added a musical charm to the elegance of his words and thoughts.   I hope you receive all the blessings he writes about in this poem on leadership, and may 2014 be "a true adventure of growth."
For a Leader

 by John O'Donohue 

 

May you have the grace and wisdom

To act kindly, learning

To distinguish between what is

Personal and what is not.

 

May you be hospitable to criticism.

 

May you never put yourself at the center of things.

 

May you act not from arrogance but out of service.

 

May you work on yourself,

Building up and refining the ways of your mind.

 

May those who work for you know

You see and respect them.

 

May you learn to cultivate the art of presence

In order to engage with those who meet you.

 

When someone fails or disappoints you,

May the graciousness with which you engage

Be their stairway to renewal and refinement.

 

May you treasure the gifts of the mind

Through reading and creative thinking

So that you continue as a servant of the frontier

Where the new will draw its enrichment from the old,

And you never become a functionary.

 

May you know the wisdom of deep listening,

The healing of wholesome words,

The encouragement of the appreciative gaze,

The decorum of held dignity,

The springtime edge of the bleak question.

 

May you have a mind that loves frontiers

So that you can evoke the bright fields

That lie beyond the view of the regular eye.

 

May you have good friends

To mirror your blind spots.

 

May leadership be for you

A true adventure of growth.

 

from To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings 

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