Time to Reflect

24 Jul 2012 11:17 AM | Anonymous
When was the last time you stopped to reflect? Playing a game on your smartphone, washing dishes at the kitchen sink or lying in bed at night thinking through tomorrow's agenda doesn't count. We're talking about dedicated, uninterrupted time to listen, feel, observe and even smell the world around you.
As leaders, time to reflect in ways that truly help us refocus, restart and renew are rare. “I never have time to think!” says one TLS participant. She relishes the opportunity The Sanctuary gives her to reflect on where she is today in a way that is constructive and helpful. “We get to bring in a case studies to work through in our cohort meetings. We lay out the basic challenge and our peers get to ask probing questions without giving advice. Leaders experience pivotal moments of clarity, acceptance and resolve. Its more because they feel the support of the group, the understanding and confidence, and the trust than it is that a problem has been solved."

Reflection has power not just for us but also for those around us as this poem by William Butler Yates writes eloquently:

From Earth, Fire and Water
We can make our minds so like still water
that beings gather about us that they may see,
it may be, their own images,
and so live for a moment with a clearer,
perhaps even with a fiercer life
because of a our quiet.
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