Take Your Soul To Work: Day 4 – Prayer
“Prayer can be a few words woven together with vulnerability that sings to the human condition. As leaders, we unknowingly pray all the time, offering up small supplications for help and wisdom in times of confusion.
Say a little prayer for me, we think, before entering a boardroom or a corner office. Prayer is a ladder upon which our aspirations climb higher and higher. Because we so often associate prayer with institutions or organized religion, we may cut off our own capacity to pray extemporaneously, to give expression to the deep longings and feelings of the soul.
Mahatma Gandhi (1869–1948) wrote: “Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.” Gandhi’s surroundings perhaps helped him understand the power of simple prayer. He lived modestly, wore a shawl and a loincloth that he sewed himself and ate a vegetarian diet. He lived in community, not separated as a leader from those he led. Gandhi did not grow up a religious man and only encountered religious texts later in life when studying to be a barrister in London. His experience reveals that prayer is not a function of words on a page that someone else wrote. It is an expression of the heart that admits failure and asks for strength.
Write a prayer about your leadership that is no more than three sentences long.”
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