amazing people

I love reading, you discover about a lot of amazing people that way. This evening while I was waiting for the kids in their program I began reading The Authentic Leader by David Irvine and Jim Reger. Truly enjoyable in the first 50 pages anyhow.

I wanted to share a few quotables from the book so far:

“My need to prove myself to the world has been transformed into a desire to express myself in the world”

Wow, I love that, it is something I really would like to grow into.

and also…

“The path to nurturing the soul is not linear. Sometimes, moments of being utterly confused and disheartened , and unable to grasp any degree of clarity , occur in the midst of a quest. Yet, these moments being lost provide opportunities to simply ‘sit still’ and wait – wait for discovery, wait for clarity, and wait for answers”

wow, I can so relate to that as I reflect on my journey, linear it is not but my training in many ways trys to keep me thinking that it can be and that when I stumble I am somehow broken. It is authors, like these two, that convince me that stumbling and reflecting gives us more than not stumbling at all.

and the last quote is their quote of Scott Peck

ā€œSpiritually evolved people, by virtue of their discipline, mastery and love, are people of extraordinary competence, and in their competence they are called on to serve the world, and in their love they answer the call. They are inevitably, therefore, people of great power, although the world may generally behold them as quite ordinary people, since more often than not they will exercise their power in quiet or even hidden ways. Nonetheless, exercise power they do, and in this exercise they suffer greatly, even dreadfully. For to exercise power is to make decisions, and the process of making decisions with total awareness is often infinitely more painful than making decisions with limited or blunted awareness (which is the way most decisions are made and why they are ultimately proved wrong).ā€
P. 75, from Scott Peck, Roads Less Traveled.

I know this to be true, to all of my friends out in the world quietly helping the world get by in the midst of its troubles I raise my ale to you and toast your silent contributions. Thanks.
– dale