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taking a moment
drawing the world
finding the way to connection
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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

A Walk in the Woods

I am in Holland again for
the Authentic Leadership in Action conference.

One afternoon, after so much talking,
I need to clear my mind and feel the "more-than-human" world.

I step outside and walk into the woods . . .

But this path goes on and on. 
There is no right turn path to take me back.

Suddenly right to my side, standing in the dark woods,
I see a small herd - eight of them - all different sizes, bristled, tusked. 
I stop. They stop. We watch each other. 
After a long moment they all trot away. 
I think, "Ah - this is why I came out here. It's all worth it now! "

I ask him where the conference center is. 
He doesn't know, but tells me if I keep going I'll get to the village of Ellspeet. 
I've been walking for an hour and a half. 
I find my way to the village, comforted by the presence of houses. 
I turn down the paved road. Four teenagers on bicycles pass by and assure me
the center is two kilometers ahead. 
I begin to calm down . . . 

I step into the building. It is buzzing with activity. 
I appreciate each person in a whole new way. 

Thursday, March 3, 2011


On a gray afternoon
I see the shape
of the aspen tree
anew. . .