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Reflection – An Essential Leadership Requirement!

I remember the children’s song “Today is Monday” that I often heard, as a child, watching Captain Kangaroo on television. Each day in the song had its special food. So it will be with this blog. Monday is focused on purpose and deliberateness. Tuesday brings the theme creating what you envision. Wednesday, l share conversations I have with others I find to be inspirational. On Thursday, I continue the exploration of beliefs and their impact on our reality. Friday is a day for reflection. I offer something for the heart.

Since today is Friday, it’s time for reflection. I have noticed that the modern leader takes little time for reflection. They are responding to emails, talking on the phone or worrying about the next crisis. These activities, while important, are out of balance. No one can be effective, if they don’t spend time seeing themselves and the external world in a clear way. This reflective space allows the body to relax, the heart to open and the spirit to breath.

Today, I offer a poem that has moved me, and each time I read it, I am again reminded of what is truly important.

The Journey
One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice —
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
“Mend my life!”
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do —
determined to save
the only life you could save.

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