I was just reading someone's post, and thinking - what do we leaders do when we are tired?  When we don't know the next step?  When we know something has to be done, but we're not sure we can do it?  One of the things that I do, is to read my favorite poetry.  Somehow poetry connects me again with my spirit, my joy, and my resource.   Here's one of my very favorite poems, titled The Invitation, by Oriah Mountain Dreamer.  How do you find joy, inspiration and resource as a leader? 

The Invitation

It doesn't interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart's longing.

It doesn't interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn't interest me what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if you have touched the centre of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life's betrayals or have become shrivelled and closed from fear of further pain.

I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it, or fade it, or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own; if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, be realistic, remember the limitations of being human.

It doesn't interest me if the story you are telling me is true. I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself. If you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul. If you can be faithless and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see Beauty even when it is not pretty every day. And if you can source your own life from its presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine, and still stand at the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, 'Yes.'

It doesn't interest me to know where you live or how much money you have. I want to know if you can get up after the night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone and do what needs to be done to feed the children.

It doesn't interest me who you know or how you came to be here. I want to know if you will stand in the centre of the fire with me and not shrink back.

It doesn't interest me where or what or with whom you have studied. I want to know what sustains you from the inside when all else falls away.

I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.

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Love the poem, it's so powerful and moving! 

Being tired is part of the journey but taking a break from it is also important. We can't help anyone if we don't help ourselves. I try to live by this. It can be hard at times though! :)

Richa

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Richa -  yes, yes, yes!  Self care rocks! We can be so much more present to the world around us when we are present to ourselves.  I appreciate you for adding that...we can get caught in trying to do it all. 

The power of poetry, along with other non-linear, creative forms of expression, lies in its ablity to connect head and heart. Such forms have generally been suppressed within patriarchal systems, which instead prefer the facts-and-figures style of communication characteristic of the linear, text-based, sleep-inducing mediocrity that pours out of academic, bureacratic and business entities.

As Co-Founder of Wise Women Will Save the World, I believe 100% that highly creative and artistic forms of expression enable women (and the men who 'get it') to craft and convey their messages in ways that are more meaningful, more engaging and more inspiring. And which also help transcend cultural and language barriers.

A key aim of the Wise Women initiative is to rapidly boost the ability of concerned people (like those in the World Pulse community) to use the magic of poetry, storytelling, song, dance, art, humour, etc to kickstart the very deep and serious conversations that all folk must urgently have about the crucial problems damaging both planet and people.

To this end, one of the four themes we explore is Become an Influencer, where the focus is on becoming more proficient in creative communication styles, and encouraging other people to do the same. If you hover your mouse over the theme menu item, a sub-menu will reveal a range of topics relevant to influence. (Website is only in protoype phase yet, but each topic already features a curated video playlist; more content to come.)

 

 

 

Graeme -  Welcome to the group.  So glad you've joined!  Thanks for sharing your website, what great resources!  I checked out several sections, including "Become An Influencer".  Videos of some of my absolute favorites there (Leymah Gbowee, Brene Brown, Aund San Suu Kyi).  I really appreciate the range that you're highlighting.  I have a feeling that lots of us in the group would be really interested in checking out your website.  WoulIf you haven't already, would you be willing to post it in our resources library and tag it "Leadership"?  Look forward to getting to know you more. 

A truly inspiring poem! The last verse sums it all up- I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments". My answer is yes because at such moments I connect with me and together, we relate with what truly inspires us- NATURE and ALL THE WONDERFUL HARDWORKING GRASSROOTS WOMEN WHO CARE!