Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Taking Flight ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Taking Flight ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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The sun was shining brightly through the car windows as I drove along I-80 on my way home from conducting a workshop for high school teachers in the Poconos. Basking in the warmth of the sunshine and listening to some favorite CDs, I reflected over the past year and the thousands of miles I'd traveled to conduct numerous professional- development workshops throughout Pennsylvania.

I was happy with the number of institutions and professionals I had reached, and the agency funding me was also pleased with my outreach efforts, but I wasn't content. Hidden behind what others saw as a competent, successful businesswoman was a person who was disappointed in her progress and contribution to her community and church.

As I continued driving, I thought about what was preventing me from making progress in the "non- professional" areas of my life - areas that were just as important, if not more important, as my professional career. I made a mental list of the reasons why I wasn't willing to give back to my community and church: lack of time, not wanting to give less than 100 percent and too tired to do so, fear of personality conflicts, personal opinions of how things should be run, and a different type of vision that probably wouldn't be accepted. As my list grew, I heard some words of the song "Shadow" by Janis Ian that made me stop and listen:

Why can't my wings soar like yoursWhy can't my span spread as wide Maybe I've got too much left to hideWhy is it so hard to flyas I watch you grab the skyMaybe you've got nothing left to lose

©1997 Rude Girl Publishing Permission conveyed by Bug Music

I thought how it would be impossible for birds to fly with their wings folded or wrapped around them. Holding on to personal issues, past grievances, and personal insecurities can prevent us from spreading our wings and going forward in our desire to help community and church. Perhaps we're afraid that our ideas might be rejected, our convictions would ruffle the feathers of others, and a vision for new growth will be stifled. …

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