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  • As mentioned in an earlier story, in a 3.5 minute video called The Sound of Walking , I explore a life-long question about how to truly make a global difference in the world with my one small contribution…

    Another question I raise in the video is about whether my impact on the ‘world’ is greater through the active work of head and hands or through the inner work of expanding my consciousness.

    Here’s what I mean. In the 1990s I wrote a book called Leadership in a Challenging World: A Sacred Journey. As I sat at my desk silently writing month after month, I felt like I was having no impact and wondered whether I mattered at all. I felt invisible.

    Sitting in that question, I remember looking out the window one day. As I reflected, I had a realization. It was about how, for that time at least, being ‘invisible’ was exactly where my maximum impact was held! It was in the quality of the vibration I was putting into the Universe through the exercise of writing about what was ‘inner truth’ for me.

    I felt wonderful while I wrote! Much like this very moment. As I write these words. Today on my computer. And as I had written them in letters and journals in years passed.

    These days I recognize some part of the answer lives in ‘breathing between’ doing and reflection, between and within inhaling and exhaling, in trusting movement and pause, mingling action and surrender, honoring experience and integration.

    For me, that's one of the most powerful reasons to write!

    [Photo by Barbara, Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 2012]
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