Every time I read one of John O’Donohue’s poems, I get inspired. His words of wisdom energize and urge me on to bring more of myself to the many roles in my life.
It’s too easy to jump in and charge ahead and forget to stop and smell the roses. This may sound so trite. Yet, a slight pause and quiet space can provide time for reflection to kindle the energy to move ahead.
So find a quiet moment between celebrating a new position and getting started anew. Honor the transition and determine the best path forward. Use this time as an opportunity to determine how you bring your best self to this role. I find John O’Donohue’s words of wisdom to be useful whether this is a new job, a different assignment or a change in role. It’s a chance to take a fresh approach.
May this poem give you the pause, reflection and inspiration to be open to the possibilities.
May your new work excite your heart,
Kindle in your mind a creativity
To journey beyond the old limits
Of all that has become wearisome.
May this work challenge you toward
New frontiers that will emerge
As you begin to approach them,
Calling forth from you the full force
And depth of your undiscovered gifts.
May the work fit the rhythms of your soul,
Enabling you to draw from the invisible.
New ideas and a vision that will inspire.
Remember to be kind
To those who work for you,
Endeavor to remain aware
Of the quiet world
That lives behind each face.
Be fair in your expectations,
Compassionate in your criticism.
May you have the grace of encouragement
To awaken the gift in the other’s heart,
Building in them the confidence
To follow the call of the gift.
May you come to know that work
Which emerges from the mind of love
Will you have beauty and form.
May this new work be worthy
Of the energy of your heart
And the light of your thought.
May your work assume
A proper space in your life;
Instead of owning or using you.
May it challenge and refine you,
Bringing you every day further
Into the wonder of your heart.
Poem from “To Bless the Space Between Us”