On the eve of New Year’s Eve, I thought we might explore an empowering vision for the upcoming year…
Empowerment refers to increasing the spiritual, political, social, educational, gender, or economic strength of individuals and communities.
“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. … No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.” As quoted in The Life and Work of Martha Graham (1991) by Agnes de Mille, p. 264
Sunday. December 30, 2012 ~
Vision & Mission Statements
“I have a dream that one day…” ~ MLK
(Originally titled “Normalcy, Never Again.” You can watch it here.)
What is your dream?
We’ll pose the question: “What is your vision of the world that you want to live in?”
On the macrocosmic/societal, as well as, the microcosmic interpersonal/intrapersonal levels. And inquire into what needs have been attended to in the year past (and the year to come…). Not to mention which strategies might potentially serve needs/values identified? This exploration may be with reference to NVC, as a communication process and/or consciousness — in which case this self-assessment tool might be invaluable: Matrix | Pathways to Liberation — or a broader vision quest.
- Listen to Visioning the life you want to live right now
Tikkun olam (Hebrew: תיקון עולם) is a Hebrew phrase that means “repairing the world” (or “healing and restoring the world”) which suggests humanity’s shared responsibility (with the Creator) “to heal, repair and transform the world.”
“Tikkun Olam Without Coercion: Living into the World We Want to Create,” Tikkun, Winter 2011
I’ve had the longing for tikkun olam since I was a child in Israel. It was only when I encountered principled nonviolence that I found vision, faith, and concrete practice that allowed me to make tikkun olam central to my life.
I envision a world that works for all people and the planet. My faith rests on the radical understanding that every action taken by anyone is an expression of human needs. My practice of nonviolence emerges from love embodied as compassion, fierceness, courage, and an uncompromising willingness to stand for truth. My vision, faith, and practice combine to ground my commitment to collaborative, noncoercive solutions that address everyone’s needs… (continues)
See also Kashtan’s:
“Wanting Fully Without Attachment,” Tikkun, January/February 2010
Here’s an example (of vision/mission/commitment statement)
Let’s say part of your vision entails a desire for inspired self-expression:
Perhaps in the written form:
by Caroline Allen
Need help developing and writing a commitment statement?
When coaching writers, I begin by asking new clients to create a Writing Commitment Statement. In it, they should address their commitment to the process, specifically:
– How many days will they write a week?
– How many hours each day?
– What project will they work on for the next six months? Year? Two years?
– What are some of obstacles in the way of the writing process they want to address?
– What other support do they want to look for to help them in the process? Writer’s group? Writer friend?
– What is their writing space like, and how can they improve it for ease of writing?
I ask them to write all of this down, then send the commitment statement to me to be witnessed. I tell them: It’s a living document and will change as you change; it will need to be rewritten as you write and find your flow. I ask: Do you find after one month that your writing times have changed during the week? I tell them: revise your commitment statement, and send it back to me so that I might witness it again. I believe the document becomes an almost inspirational/spiritual force that is a sacred contract. I believe it can have an energy that is like a wind at our backs, that helps us move forward into our authentic path as writer.
- Listen to Clarifying your Vision and Mission right now