Tag: Freedom

Real change comes from freedom

Written by on January 25, 2011 in Faith and Spiritual Life, Notes By The Way with 1 Comment

Change that comes quickly, or easily, doesn’t last. Authentic change takes time and a process, but it runs deep and follows through.

Seth Godin writes about three ways to motivate people to achieve: by pushing them relentlessly, by creating competition, and by giving them freedom and opportunity. The first two produce results, but only temporarily. As soon as you stop pushing, or when the competition ends, the motivation fades. The advantages of push and competition are speed and control; the disadvantages are felt down the road. Athletes who won championships don’t know how to motivate themselves apart from competition. I was a pretty good runner in my day, but I was never able to run consistently without a coach pushing me, and I ran for the thrill of racing and beating people. I’d love to be running today, but I still haven’t found it within me.

How will I work for change in society, or a better world? Whatever I want to change, it means people must change. But how?

Here in Cambodia, hundreds, perhaps thousands, of non-government organizations are working for change. There are hundreds of orphanages “saving”children, and many say they intend to raise up a new generation …

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Living loved and loving others

Written by on May 2, 2010 in Faith and Spiritual Life, Notes By The Way with 0 Comments

Wayne Jacobsen on his blog today:

Until you know you are loved you will be sucked into every religious activity and performance treadmill that exists, hoping against hope that you can do the right thing to merit that deep affection from the heart of the Father. But you already have his affection! The great lie of the universe is that you are not loved by the Creator of all. The question is only do you realize how loved you are?

If you’re interested in hearing more about living loved and loving others, Wayne has a wonderful series of audio teachings called Transitions on his website in the audio library section, or from iTunes, or I’ve uploaded them all in one zip file that you can download here.

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Freedom to love

A boy's heart

Love is risky. Leading a life of love could be dangerous, especially for a person intent on maintaining a sense of control.

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Supertramp’s critique of modernism, and truth for postmodern lovers

Written by on March 4, 2009 in Faith and Spiritual Life, Notes By The Way with 12 Comments

I received this by email today. The writer said to think about the song as a critique of modernism. What does it say about modernism? Feel free to share your own thoughts below.

Supertramp – The Logical Song

When I was young, it seemed that life was so wonderful,
A miracle, oh it was beautiful, magical.
And all the birds in the trees, well they’d be singing so happily,
Joyfully, playfully watching me.
But then they sent me away to teach me how to be sensible,
Logical, responsible, practical.
And they showed me a world where I could be so dependable,
Clinical, intellectual, cynical.

There are times when all the world’s asleep,
The questions run too deep
For such a simple man.
Won’t you please, please tell me what we’ve learned
I know it sounds absurd
But please tell me who I am.

Now watch what you say or they’ll be calling you a radical,
Liberal, fanatical, criminal.
Won’t you sign up your name, we’d like to feel you’re
Acceptable, respectable, presentable, a vegetable!

At night, when all the world’s asleep,
The questions run so deep
For such a simple man.
Won’t you please, please tell me what we’ve learned

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Action, partners, trust, adventure, love

Written by on October 23, 2008 in Faith and Spiritual Life, Notes By The Way with 0 Comments

Just found this at Compassion in Politics:

Every cultural good begins with 3 people. Occasionally 2, never 1. Google began with 2 guys – when they added a third to their creating circle, that was when the idea began to move and explode.

He adds that as the circle of three grows to 12 and 120 (I wouldn’t stress the numbers), the potential for impact multiplies.

This encourages me. I may be passionate for love to be revealed in the world, but I’m powerless on my own. Add an authentic partner or two, though, and the possibility for impact grows dramatically. As the circle expands beyond my control, if I’m willing to allow it, then there is a chance for spontaneous expansion.

An authentic partner, in my opinion, is someone moving forward under the strength of his or her own vision and passion, as opposed to someone dragged along or merely joining for the ride.)

The key, I think, is to act on my passion with openness, trust, and a spirit of adventure.

1) Act on my passion. Do something. People who take action attract interesting people. Leaders are drawn to people of action (leaders are drawn to …

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