In order to work with and for me, one must be willing to stand up for one’s views. There will be times when things will seem confusing. So, one must be able to ask challenging questions. Additionally, one needs to be interested in being engaged in the details of one’s work. Life with me will be filled with odd turns, stories that appear unconnected, and attempts to reach beyond one’s grasp. It will also be filled with dreams, aspirations, and hope. Reviews suggest that I am eclectic mix of old and new school approaches. Some find the contradictions distracting. For others, a vision emerges.
As unusual as I am, I am more similar to others than I am different. We are connected through our needs and wants. We share belief that we belong. We long to stay connected. There are foundations that connect us, if we choose to reach across differences.
As the contractions within mix with life’s chaos, there are mantras that I find help keep me balanced.
I need to listen and attempt to understand before drawing a conclusion. Nothing is quite as simple as it seems. People come with stories and context. The details are revealing.
There are more solutions than any imagine. Given the complexity of life’s problems, it is easier to go towards solution. In moving forward one confronts and deals with the demons at hand.
Wisdom is found in more not less. This translates into being open to what others have to say. Additionally, seeking the support and action of a broader community is a stronger response than anything I might do alone.
It is important to express one’s intent. It is fallacy to assume others know what you are trying to accomplish. Spell it out and you will find a invitation to wisdom, insight, and strength.
I want make Paul’s words real. “I did it for Israel. I asked you to come and listen to me today to make it clear that I’m on Israel’s side, not against her. I’m a hostage here for hope, not doom.” (Acts 28.20)