Take Your Soul To Work – Day 2
“Henri Nouwen was a Catholic priest who wrote close to forty books on spirituality. Despite his academic training and positions at major intellectual centers, he spent the last years of his life caring for a disabled adult in a special community in Ontario, Canada, giving up the prestige of theology to live in compassionate, sacred space with another human being.
Creating intimacy, especially with those who are distant physically, intellectually and spiritually from us, was what Nouwen wrote about, and it embodied the way he lived. He once wrote a note to God saying, “I am so afraid to open my clenched fists!”
Intimacy scares us, yet we live for it. We avoid intimacy, as Nouwen wrote: “The world says: ‘Yes, I love you if you are good-looking, intelligent, and wealthy. I love you if you have a good education, a good job, and good connections. I love you if you produce much, sell much, and buy much.’ . . . The world’s love is and always will be conditional. As long as I keep looking for my true self in the world of conditional love, I will remain ‘hooked’ to the world—trying, failing, and trying again. It is a world that fosters addictions because what it offers cannot satisfy the deepest craving of my heart.” The deepest craving of humanity is for intimacy.”
In what ways has your leadership gotten in the way of achieving intimacy with others?
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