We live in an era characterized by uncertainty, fear, and increasing isolation in the face of change. Human history is rife with examples of reactivity toward change at both the individual and the collective levels.
Through the past two years, we have collectively experienced numerous challenges in our personal lives, our communities, our nation and our world. With no clear end in sight, many of us feel worn out and emotionally uneasy. We need an infusion of something positive to recharge ourselves.
One Thanksgiving Day morning in 2014 my wife, an ordained deacon at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, received a phone call from the rector’s wife. “I need you to come in to the ICU with me. Please come.”
Being a dancer my whole life, I am very familiar with the physicality of rebounding after falling to the floor or bouncing back out of a partner’s hold or using momentum to launch out of gravity’s pull. I didn’t realize these lessons would extend into my life.
“Will you give me a drink?” (John 4:7-NIV) With this simple request, a man and a woman begin a life-giving conversation that touches the depths of the woman’s heart. And when you look deeper, the exchange provides powerful insights on healthy boundaries.
Did you know 80% of people who receive coaching report increased self-confidence? Additionally, more than 70% describe benefits like improvements in work performance, relationships, and more effective communication skills after working with a coach.
Change is inevitable. It seems to happen frequently in our lives, especially these days. And it can be difficult to know how to embrace – or even endure – it. Because the truth is, many of us prefer to stay the course of the tried-and-true when faced with change.
We are in a unique time in the history of the church, a time that affords congregations the opportunity to honestly and openly reflect on who they are as a faith community and who they are being called to be.