As we come to the end of 2016 and begin to actively focus on 2017, I want to share with you these comments by Elaine Brown who gave the Alumni Lecture on May 13, 1988 at Westminster Choir College. As she shared:
“What we fear in the world is not the evil in it, nor even the evil in ourselves; far more fearful is the good in ourselves, that good being so demanding that we are scared to dare our full capacity.
We are afraid of our potential vulnerability.
We very often forget that if our being is right, our doing will take care of itself.
It is always easier to pull in our horns; to play it safe. In other words, not to climb out on a limb. It is always easier to stay where we are, to bury ourselves in our ongoing lives.
We know better, but we forget to remember that life needs to expand over and over.”
I hope that during the coming new year that each of us will be willing to embrace the good in ourselves and to share it with others. At this time period, we need people who are willing to climb out on the limb and risk doing good in a world that favors doing nothing or maintaining the status quo.
Life needs to expand and we need to be the leaders who support this expansion and embrace the opportunities that come with it. We need to be leaders, who by embracing the good, can then role model and assist others to experience and embrace the joy of living each day in a meaningful way within the context of a supportive and loving community.
I look forward to working with each of you in the new year, and am profoundly grateful for the opportunities to be of service and support this past year.
Thank-you, and see you next year!