Monday, February 28, 2011

for a leader



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May the gift of leadership awaken in you as a vocation,
Keep you mindful of the providence that calls you to serve.
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As high over the mountains the eagle spreads its wings,
May your perspective be larger than the view from the foothills.
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When the way is flat and dull in times of gray endurance,
May your imagination continue to evoke horizons.
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When thirst burns in times of drought,
May you be blessed to find the wells.
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May you have the wisdom to read time clearly
And know when the seed of change will flourish.
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In your heart may there be a sanctuary
For the stillness where clarity is born.
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May your work be infused with passion and creativity
And have the wisdom to balance compassion and challenge.
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May your soul find the graciousness
To rise above the fester of small mediocrities.
May your power never become a shell
Wherein your heart would silently atrophy.
May you welcome your own vulnerability
As the ground where healing and truth join.
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May integrity of soul be your first ideal.
The source that will guide and bless your work.
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~ John O'Donohue
from To Bless the Space Between Us
photo by Reuters






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