Monday Morning Rock Out!

It’s Monday morning – time to dive into what is possible this week!

If there is one thing we realized through our fundraising campaign this past month, it is that the only way we can move forward to create the future is to be grateful for what has been given to us in the past.

We all have so much to be thankful for, so much to celebrate.

What better way to start the week than remembering all we have to build upon already?

When philosopher and theologian Huston Smith asked Zen master Daisetz Suzuki, “What is zen?” this was his answer:

Infinite gratitude for all things past.
Infinite service to all things present.
Infinite responsibility for all things future.

As you head out into your own week, creating the future for your community, here’s to living your own life and work like it’s golden.

Be grateful. Be of service.

And consider the awesome responsibility each of us has, as every action we take is creating the future.

Have a great Monday and a great week, all!

Many thanks to David Lingholm for pointing me to this week’s video!

2 Responses to Monday Morning Rock Out!

  1. Thanks for an excellent presentation today on engaging community to build support for our respective missions. One of the main take-aways I had was the idea that this “way of working” you promote suggests the real possibility of how much more connected we could otherwise be.

    Then I recalled how two generally progressive friends have reacted to another mutual friend’s effort to create something similar to ecovillageithaca.org here in the Phx metro area.

    They both relayed, in separate conversations, the sentiment that the idea sounds nice but “we like our privacy”. And so it begs the question: How connected do we really want to be?

    The beauty of your approach is that we can offer potential friends (as opposed to resources/donors/assets) various levels of engagement based on their comfort level and ours in order to open possibilities for a deeper connection down the road.

    This was an a-ha! moment for me because so often we see the business approach pitted against the mission approach. Hearing the arguments you’d think them incompatible. You’re either a proudly selfish individualist ala Ayn Rand content to hoard your riches in your compound or you’re a community-gardening, birkenstock wearing hippie drawing potential converts to your commune.

    Your approach opens the door to engage any and all wherever they’re at in their social, political, economic. even spiritual development in life and as members of our communities.

    Thanks for the insight!

  2. Dave:
    Your comment is so timely for several conversations I have found myself in the past few days. I love your thought that, “we can offer potential friends (as opposed to resources/donors/assets) various levels of engagement based on their comfort level and ours in order to open possibilities for a deeper connection down the road.”

    Thank you so much for this!
    Hildy