Meaningful engagement starts with self. What is meaningful to us? to you? A clear understanding on that answer will foster a solid foundation for all interactions that flow from there.
If so, why doesn’t everyone do it?
The proverbial, common knowledge but not common practice, gap applies. People have ideas that maybe only half baked and fuzzy goals thicker than the morning fog. Often they manage just enough mind to be there present. Let alone engaging in the fundamental and yet critical task of understanding the issue at hand.
But is it really that hard to know what is meaningful to ourselves? When was the last time you actually take the time and ask yourself and reflect on that question?
Certainly don’t need to make it harder than necessary.
When I Am Among the Trees
from Mary Oliver’s Thirst: Poems
When I am among the trees,
especially the willows and the honey locust,
equally the beech, the oaks and the pines,
they give off such hints of gladness.
I would almost say that they save me, and daily.
I am so distant from the hope of myself,
in which I have goodness, and discernment,
and never hurry through the world
but walk slowly, and bow often.
Around me the trees stir in their leaves
and call out, “Stay awhile.”
The light flows from their branches.
And they call again, “It’s simple,” they say,
“and you too have come
into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled
with light, and to shine.”