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May 4, 2018, 6:42 AM

Spring!


Can you believe it’s May already?  The dogwoods are in bloom all over town, but the tulips are already finishing up their annual display!  This week we are having daytime temperatures in the 80s, so it seems winter has been dismissed at last.

There’s been a lot of good work in our church garden, with more to come.  The south side of the garden, the front of the rectory, and the west side of the office building have been dug up, tilled, covered in landscape cloth, replanted (in smaller plantings), and mulched.  The hostas and the peony have been divided, the monkey grass has been reduced, and lilies of the valley have been potted, at least temporarily.  Much weeding has been done in the central portion of the space between church and rectory; and on the south side of the church, but further work in these areas must now wait till the Fall, as transplanting now could kill the plants.

Kudos and thanks to all those who have helped – you know who you are! 

 

Last week I went to Waycross for the annual Spring Clergy Retreat – we not only have a chance to relax with our colleagues, but we also have a bit of training. 

This year we held “Fierce Conversations.” Some of you in the business world may have heard of this – essentially it is a technique to encourage honest, in-depth discussions about issues important to those in the conversation.  I think all of us have been in conversations that go on for days, months, even years, but never arrive at any conclusions – the “Fierce” approach aims to put an end to this habit by first “interrogating reality” – that is, being brave enough to identify, as fully as possible, all the permutations of whatever situation is being addressed, and to be as honest as we can be (or are challenged to be) about them. 

Other steps include being fully present, tackling the toughest challenges first, heeding one’s instincts, taking responsibility for one’s own emotional responses, and being patient enough to wait for answers.

The basic premise is that our lives, relationships, and careers, will succeed or fail through one conversation at a time.  This really puts the emphasis on the importance of those conversations!  In fact, one can look at the conversation as the expression and working out of our relationships – even our internal conversations.

So all in all, I would say it was a worthwhile introduction, and who knows, you may find signs of my learning in future conversations!

Blessings to all!

                                                 Evelyn+

 


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