Guts & Grace: Leaning on Your Wisdom Lineage
A new part of my spiritual practice this year has been to read Fr. Richard Rohr's "Daily Meditation." His theme in 2015 has been an honoring and exploration of what he refers to as his "Wisdom Lineage" - the teachers, texts, and traditions that have most influenced his spirituality. I'm intrigued by the idea of identifying those sources in my own life. What big ideas and tiny whisperings have shaped my experience of God, and of how God partners with me in the coaching process?
If I trace my lineage back to the period right before I began coaching, I must credit the poem below as having a major influence on my current attitude and approach:
Do not pray for easy lives,
Pray to be stronger persons.
Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers,
Pray for powers equal to your tasks.
Then the doing of your work will be no miracle
But you shall be a miracle!
Every day you shall wonder at yourself,
At the richness of life which has come to you
By the grace of God!
I don't know where or how or from whom I received these words of wisdom, but the moment I read them, I felt a subtle shift in my spirit. It was the early 1990's, and I was between life chapters-in transition-personally and professionally. The poem whispered encouragement to me, not just during those days of letting go of the life I had expected, but in the exciting, intimidating days of learning how to coach.
Even after twenty years, there are coaching conversations I find myself in for which I am unprepared and ill-equipped, based on my strength and power alone. Some of the more challenging conversations are with people in the early stages of a profound life transition, when purpose downsizes itself, vision evaporates, energy dissipates, and momentum skids to a halt. That terrain, although temporary, can feel treacherous. But I am not alone, and neither are my coachees.
Thank you, Anonymous, and thank you, Jeremiah (29:11) for regrounding me in the guts and grace it takes to coach! I thank God for the miracles each of you are, to so many.