Category Archives: Margaret Wheatley

…series conclusion…self-imagination…

“There is nothing equal to human creativity, human caring, human will … And these are not behaviors we keep hidden.  We exhibit them daily.” — Margaret Wheatley

I know someone is asking, “If he is concluding a series, just when did he introduce it?”  And the answer would be “I didn’t.”  (Drum roll please) “Ta Da!  I was letting the unknown lead me!”  That’s something I’m trying to encourage and that’s the magic of blogging (or its frustration).

Anyway, I’m ready now.  Let me introduce and conclude the 11-post series you have just witnessed. 

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…urgency and convenience…

“Politics is the science of urgencies.”– Theodore Parker

What makes the images we carry around with us difficult to bear is the trade-off we make between urgency and convenience.

In my last post, I avoided a fuller explanation of vocation since I knew that it would touch upon the problem of urgency and convenience. 

The whole notion of vocation is built around the idea of a ‘call’ or ‘calling.’  It originates from spiritual and philosophic disciplines, but it is still common to ask, “Is your vocation — your calling — as well?”  Ideally it is, but not always. 

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…the vocation of being human…

“Do I feel a vocation to be fully human? “- Margaret Wheatley

Margaret Wheatley in her book, Turning to one another: Simple conversations to restore hope to the future, engages her readers in the magic of conversation by starting off with a question:  ‘Do I feel a vocation to be fully human?’

On one level the question is kind of silly.  We don’t have a choice.  So why bother?  But that perspective ignores the very word she puts before us, “Do I feel a vocation to be fully human?”

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