For Longing — John O’Donohue
I used this poem recently, at the beginning of a World Cafe, that was shaped to focus on awareness of norms (internal and external), desired departure from such norms, and desired movement toward what has the energy of calling in life and in work.
It’s a poem that I love, for the way that it points me / us toward the deeper colors of longing. Much like this maple tree with brilliant sunlit yellow, last week at the Fire & Water Leadership Cohort.
and quickens your soul with wonder.
that disturbs you when you have settled for something safe.
to discover the new direction your longing wants you to take.
be equal to the grandeur and the call of your soul.
may your dreams gradually reveal the destination of your desire.
with which your body inhabits the world.
may you know the urgency with which God longs for you.