speaker, consultant, coach

Living an undivided life

“Our deepest calling is to grow into our own authentic self-hood, whether or not it conforms to some image of who we ought to be. As we do so, we will not only find the joy that every human being seeks--we will also find our path of authentic service in the world.” -- Parker Palmer

How many of us live true to who we are? True in the sense that we're not torn apart by living according to the ideals of others or the society in which we exist.

I used to think my work was premised on enabling others to become the most of anything, but I now see that that was only one dimension of living the undivided life.

For most people they're content to wear a mask but for a few they're confronted by a situation that feels alien, namely to live in a world that demands they fit in, suppress their gifts and live a life of dependence not interdependence, no matter the personal cost.

It's not about being in one camp or the other, but instead living true to who you are. Of course, fear, Resistance and conformity all play their part, but in the end when the bell tolls will you be content with living a life where you never allowed your full genius self to shine?

This isn't about exhortation or finger-wagging but inviting you to look deep within to close the gap on the divided life.

You may wish to Parker Palmer's brief Commencement Address from Earlham College in Indiana yesterday. It is found on the college website and I also posted it on my FB timeline.