May 17

Reflection

Transformation originates in people who see a better way or a fairer world, people who reveal themselves, disclose their dreams, and unfold their hopes in the presence of others.  And this very unfolding, this revelation of raw, unharnessed desire, this deep ;longing to be a force for good in the world is what inspires others to feel their own longings, to remember their own purpose, and to act, perhaps for the first time, in accordance with their inner spirit. As individuals, the greatest courage that is called for is the courage to be real.  When we are real, it melts the frozen places in ourselves and others.  It opens the passageways between our hearts and our brains, thaws the blockages that constrain our imagination, and carries us down the wellsprings of wisdom.
Jan Phillips

Prayer

Show me your ways, teach me your paths.
Psalm 25:4-5

Action

What does it mean to be real? Why does it require courage? What does it require of you?

Suggested Reading

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
2 Timothy 1:7 

And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
John 8:32

The reason why human beings fail to create real connections with others, is due to the fact that they are not first real within themselves. If you want your connection with another to be real, then you must first make sure that you are real in yourself, thus giving the other person a genuine ground to anchor into.
C. JoyBell C.

Don’t trade your authenticity for approval.
Anonymous

Transformation in the world happens when people are healed and start investing in other people.
Michael W. Smith

There is something about the ability to externalize our thoughts and compare them with other people in a public way that is really transformative for the average person.
Clive Thompson

The great solution to all human problems is individual inner transformation.
Vernon Howard

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