Beginning Again

On the first Monday of the new year, I attended a retreat at Belmont University where I serve as an adjunct instructor. The retreat was entitled "Always We Begin Again" and was conducted in Parker Palmer's Circle of Trust format.

We spent time reflecting on the principles of beginning anew each day, putting one foot in front of the other, and embracing the challenge and the joy that each day brings.

So, as we embark on the second full week of 2016, I encourage you to think about what will ground you this year, where your boundaries will be, and where your dreams will take you.

I hope you enjoy the following excerpt form the poem, Each Day by John McQuiston. Happy 2016!

Life will always provide matters for concern.

Yet each day brings with it reasons for joy.

Each day carries the potential to bring the experience of heaven;

have the courage to expect good from it.

Be gentle with this life,

and use the light of life

to live fully in your time.


From Always We Begin Again: The Benedictine Way of Living
John McQuiston reinterprets the Rule of St. Benedict