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Feb
07

A Less Anxious Presence

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sun soakingI recently heard someone say their goal for the year was to have a “less anxious presence”. I immediately loved that phrase and found it came from a book called The Leader’s Journey by Herrington, Creech, and Taylor.  I didn’t recall having heard of the book but jotted down the name, intending to check it out later. However I quickly forgot all about the book.

A few days ago I finally got around to unpacking some books from a week away last October. One of the books was The Leader’s Journey. I had bought the book but not gotten around to reading. it Not yet making the connection, I began reading the book and this morning I saw it. That phrase, “a less anxious presence”.  An aha moment! Once again, my soul and spirit inside me felt the yearning to connect to all that phrase represented.

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Jun
12

How Do We Live in Peace?

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peace that passes understanding “God, grant me serenity…”

I joined hands with the group of people. Most bowed their heads and closed their eyes.  “God, grant us serenity to accept the things we cannot change, courage to change the things we can, and wisdom to know the difference.

Over the many months of my counseling training at an addiction treatment center, the ritual repeated itself daily. I found the ground to be level as group leaders and recovering addicts and alcoholics joined in this daily humble prayer. Certainly I needed this serenity, this courage, and this wisdom as much as anyone in the group.

Serenity.

Peace.

Tranquility.

Calmness.

In today’s quick fix world, we all want to know how do we get serenity and how do we get it right now?

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