“We instinctively reach out to those who work with us on creating meaning. Those who give voice and form to our search for meaning, and who help us to make our life purposeful, are those we cherish, and to whom we return gift for gift.” Margaret J. Wheatley – ‘Leadership and the New Science’
“The perfection of your art lies in the difficult region between the heart’s intent and the expression of this intent in gesture. Practice your forms in peace. You have done better than you think.” Tai Chi teaching
For Damian Lacey
Scoop the stream
and drink from the well-spring that is your life’s work
and rise refreshed to continue the journey.
Press the sky,
keeping at bay the thunder that lives in emptiness
and the lightning disguise of the void.
Draw strongly on the bow of the Shaolin Archer
to protect your left/right, yin/yang, husband/father, new/old
and honour each when each is in need.
Search the clouds
for the mirrors beyond
so you will always have a Fool to make you laugh.
Lift the rock
that is your faith and let your eyes follow its path,
lowering them only when the test is over.
Touch the sky and press the earth
to bring heaven meekly to the world
where the earth-inheritors dwell.
Use the eye of the tiger
to show the world you know what lies behind you
each time you choose to pounce.
Grip the swallow’s egg
keeping all that is precious
safe within your mortal shield.
and each day,
Bow to the light that is in you
knowing that it touched me as I passed you
on my zig zag pathway home.