This morning I had my regular meeting (virtual of course) with my Pastoral Supervisor, as part of which we completed my annual CMD review as required by the BUS as well as some more general reflection. One of the things I came away with was a desire to note down words (or phrases) that have emerged as important for me during lockdown.
So here's where I've got to!
- Authenticity - being real, not always easy, especially when you have a public role, and also doing my best to enable/empower other people to be real.
- Creativity - we have all had to be creative, adapting to new virtual platforms for services, and finding new ways to connect with each other. Re-engaging with aspects of my own creativity.
- Intentionality - the need to not so much to be organised (though it helps) but to be meaningful in what I do.
- Positivity - there is so much that seems negative, destructive and death-dealing, so I have chosen to focus on positives. For sure, sometimes I get fed up, annoyed even angry, but I try avoid being drawn into spirals of negativity and intentionally seek out positives, however small or trivial.
- Immediacy - being present in the moment, allowing myself to feel what I feel, not parking it for future, rational reflection! This helps avoid the positivity becoming forced or fake.
- Noticing - more than just being aware of what's around me, but spending time to savour it... I must have taken thousands of photos over the last six months, capturing beauty and humour, natural and humanly created.
- Slowing down - I can't find one word to encapsulate this, but it's very much tied up with immediacy, intentionality and noticing. It's not so much that I race through life and so miss out on living, as about making more of the wonder, beauty and even 'being' of life. Pausing to take photos, sitting and watching the world go by... And also not driving myself to achieve, which is, at times, a very real challenge.
I wonder what words or phrases, themes or ideas are emerging for others?