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Perspective Is The Theme Of The Sabbatical Journey

By February 17, 2020 March 13th, 2020 No Comments

Perspective is the theme of the Sabbatical journey I will be on from Feb. 16-May 10. The theme was inspired by a book “Perspective: Calm Within the Storm” by Robert J. Wicks, PhD.

This is a description of the book: “For generations, classic wisdom literature has taught that a healthy perspective can replenish our thirst for a meaningful and rewarding life. From its inception clinical psychology has followed suit, revealing that how we see ourselves and the world is more important than what we see or have—in essence, that a healthy perspective is tantamount to possessing the psychological “pearl of great price.” . . .

“Perspective teaches us to see ourselves more completely and will inspire us to become the calm within the storm, better able to enjoy our experiences, maintain balance in our professional and personal lives, and reach out to others without being pulled down in the process.”

This sabbath time is a personal journey with a desire to look into ways to help our leaders find life-giving/life-changing perspective regarding the times in which we live. It can make all the difference to health, well-being, and a “meaningful and rewarding life.”

I am already collecting stories to share with you. I will be writing and creating a few more videos—I hope you liked my first one for the New Year. Al and I will be traveling to Australia and New Zealand—to see the southern cross—the view from down under. We will bring your prayers for the healing of the earth, and the hearts of those who have been touched by loss and grief.

We are also hosting a brilliant Art Historian, Deborah Lewer who is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Glasgow. Deborah, Al and I are inviting you to a retreat on Perspective through the eyes of the artist, April 14-16. We will be staying at Cenacle Retreat Center in Chicago, sharing in community and learning, and going to the Chicago Art Institute. More information https://cciwdisciples.org/2020/01/art-and-faith-perspectives/

It makes a difference how we look at things. For example, when in a time of any great transition. One way to look at the change happening, is to see the end of a way of life—that which gave us meaning is being lost. We naturally grieve, and often in our sense of powerlessness can strike out in anger, blame or try to hold on to what no longer serves. Another way through is to choose to wonder about what new things may be emerging, to turn to faith that there is meaning even in this moment; to begin to look where the new light is peeking through anew. To see our southern cross, which has always been there—perspective.

If you need help, support, a clergy alert sent, etc.—contact [email protected]. She will get you to the regional ministry team person who can help.

Teresa