Which Way? –
Today I gave a lecture at the Community Center for Kid’s Justice conference in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Pulling out of the driveway I made sure I had everything needed. To get to the interstate I was going to keep left on the road coming from our house. Normally, on Mondays, I bear to the right which takes me to the office. Driving down the road I was running over a few things in my mind and without thinking went right instead of staying left. It took me a couple of miles to realize what I’d done and turned around. Shaking my head I made sure, when I arrived at the fork in the road, to keep going in the correct direction, the one which would take me to my destination.
Wisdom teaches us that absent-mindedness won’t get us where we need to go. We must remember to stay focused on where we are going or we’ll never get where we need to be.
I also thought of some of the men I work with each week. They’ve grown up and have certain ways of thinking, speaking, doing, being. They often don’t know there’s another way to go, how to turn their life around, go in the right direction. What they need, long for, is someone to help them see there is another way.
Each of us must keep the destination in mind, follow the compass placed deep in our spirits, if we are to arrive at the place where we were born to go and stay for eternity.
Genuine Voice –
This morning I walked outside and across the road, in a large field, was a herd of cattle. Straggling behind was a small calf seemingly looking for its mother. I cupped my hands around my mouth and gave my best and loudest; “Mooooooo!” The calf stopped and looked over in my direction and; “Moooed!” back. Before I could return the moo, another adult cow, possibly mom, mooed and grabbed the calf’s attention. I took a deep breath and; “Moooed” one more time but the calf was no longer paying attention to me. It had heard the genuine call, its mother’s voice, and I was a poor substitute not worth the time or effort.
Wisdom teaches us that there are many voices calling out to us, pulling us in several directions, seeking to confuse us, lead us away from peace and guidance. To know the genuine voice, the one which will lead us in love toward our purpose is vital if we are to follow the good path, the way we should go. This comes from a relationship with the One to whom the voice belongs. The voice of truth wants to lead us but hearing it, knowing it, recognizing it, only comes through our connection with the divine.
dandelion, sitting on a hill
rooted, grounded, in place, until
a mighty force arose and lifted
carried your essence far from home
floating in all directions at once
never letting you settle
dropping and raising
bouncing between stillness and gales
yet in the chaos, swirling turmoil
your beauty decorated the wind
the gift of recognized breezes
making that which could not be seen
now traced over meadows, fields, hills and valley
where you take root again is unknown
until then your untamed spirit
alights upon my shoulder for a glimpse
of what it means to be unleashed