It is good for us to ask ourselves daily what it is that our lives are saying about us.
Do my values match up with how I spend my time?
What kind of impact do I have on those around me?
Do I create chaos? Sadness? Or spread joy?
Does my life reflect who I want to be in the world?
Some time when the river is ice ask me mistakes I have made. Ask me whether what I have done is my life. – William Stafford, poet
We share responsibility for creating the external world by projecting either a spirit of light or a spirit of shadow on that which is “other” than us. Either a spirit of hope or a spirit of despair. Either an inner confidence in wholeness and integration, or an inner terror about life being diseased and ultimately terminal. We have a choice about what we are going to project, and in that choice we help create the world that is. “Consciousness precedes being.” I suggest that the challenge is to examine our consciousness for those ways in which we project more shadow than light.
- Parker J. Palmer from Let Your Life Speak