November 19

Reflection

We are living in a difficult time in history but there have been difficult periods before. It is a time when we need those whose thinking can be creative. Creativity requires courage. It means taking what is ordinary and presenting it from a different perspective and in a new arrangement. It becomes a new thing, a break away from the usual. This carries the risk of rejection but also the possibility of progress. We are in a time that calls us to be open and willing to take a chance on another way of living. Holding on to what is comfortable might cause us to reject our opportunity for a more whole and meaningful future.

Prayer

May we have  the courage to recognize truth in whatever form it comes.

Action

Do you  find yourself mired in a sense of cynicism and lack of hope? Are you stuck in “the way it always is” ? Do you regard creative ideas and new approaches with suspicion? How can you develop a healthy and common sense openness to new ideas?

Suggested Reading

Coming to his hometown, he began teaching the people in their synagogue, and they were amazed. “Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?” they asked. “Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Where then did this man get all these things?” And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “Only in his hometown and in his own house is a prophet without honor.”
Matthew 13:52 -58 

I am going to do something new. It is already happening. Don’t you recognize it? I will clear a way in the desert. I will make rivers on dry land.
Isaiah 43:19

I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.
Mother Teresa

Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.
Edward de Bono

Problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them.
Albert Einstein

All great changes are preceded by chaos.
Deepak Chopra

Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.
Andre Gide

The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.
Elbert Hubbard 

In a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks.
Warren Buffett

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far it is possible to go.
T.S. Eliot

Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.
John Wooden

If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.
Henry Ford

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