The January 2014 issue of Friends Journal offers several stories of people following what Quakers call leadings. Their journeys are potent reminders of the joys and challenges of being open to a Wisdom within and beyond that directs our actions. I keep experimenting with ways to put into words this sense of presence and guidance. Here’s what came out of a recent free-writing exercise.
A leading is…
a shout from above
a dog with a bone
a door opening
a door closing
a straightening in a curved road
a detour returning you home
This month begins my third year of posting an “Afterthought” on the last day of each month. It’s my blog version of a practice followed in some Quaker meetings. After meeting for worship ends, people continue in silence for a few more minutes during which they’re invited to share thoughts or reflect on the morning's worship. I’ve adopted the form here for brief reflections on headlines, quotes, comments overheard, maybe even bumper stickers.