At the beginning (almost) of a new year, and one in which we will all (once again) set our sights on doing our best, we could pause to consider what sustains each of us in our practices, in order to be able to serve others sustainably.
In this professional development session, I would like to use reflective exercises to unpack subtle and necessary client-counsellor reciprocity inherent in sustaining service.
To understand how to work toward sustaining service by remaining resilient and open, the following questions (from Parker Palmer, American Thinker and Social Activist) could be useful:
• How can I let go of my need for fixed answers in favour of aliveness?
• What is my next challenge in daring to be human—in personal, relational, and professional terms?
• How can I open myself more and more to the beauty of nature and human nature?
• Who or what do I need to learn to love next? And next? And next?
• What is the new creation that wants to be born in and through me?
Perhaps the best we can do is to follow Rilke’s famous advice about “living the questions”... I hope that this session will help you to wrap your lives around life-giving questions—and live your way into their answers a bit more every day — so that you and those you serve will be nurtured and nourished throughout the year.
Instead, I’ll take Rilke’s famous advice about “ living the questions,” and carry into the New Year a few of the wonderings that Anne Hillman’s poem evokes in me. Call it "FIVE QUESTIONS FOR CROSSING THE THRESHOLD":