Category: Art of Change

Do not conspire

“Above all, the Rosa Parks and the Vaclav Havels and the Nelson Mandelas
and the Dorothy Days of this world are authentic. These are people who have come
to understand that no punishment that anybody could lay on us could possibly be
worse than the punishment we lay on ourselves by conspiring in our own
diminishment, by living a divided life, by failing to make that fundamental decision
to act and speak on the outside in ways consonant with what we know to be true
on the inside.”

Parker Palmer

Today, be like Rosa Parks, who sat in the front of the bus.
Today, be like Vaclav Havel, who helped throw off the yoke of tyranny.
Today, be like Nelson Mandela, who helped free his people.
Today, be like Dorothy Day, who spoke for those without a voice.
Do not conspire in your own diminishment.
Do not live a divided life.
Make “that fundamental decision to act and speak on the outside in ways consonant” with your inner truth.

The Practice – Part II:
Be 100% authentic in your interactions with others. Really!

Adapted from the practices of Robert Gass