middle time

at an edge

somewhere in the silence of the dark dry middle

between Once Upon a Time and The End

there is a moment where the arc of our story pivots on a still point

listening down

in soul’s silence or turned face to face

we pause

a belly breath holds us in place our hearts fall open tears water our earth a Baubo laugh shakes something free

our feet find Home

we become the dream and our story flares forth

© Deborah Prokipchuk Ackley, 2008. Revised 2013

at an edge

There is a time… a middle time… in the life of a person, organization, or community… a time in the evolutionary cycle of life itself… where we come to an edge; where the success of the past no longer serves the needs of the present. We experience this threshold as a time of being lost, confused, restless, empty or even in crisis. People stand at this edge and choose: leap, fall back, do more of the same or engage the reality of this encounter.

“ Because the desire to fit in is a universal human trait, someone who breaks the trance of social story does so at great risk, and sometimes great reward. We call this leadership. ”

- Christina Baldwin

in conversations

In every true encounter, every real conversation with another being or group of beings, or even a real encounter with a new or challenging situation where we “make room for the other” (the unknown) something new can be born. Transformation happens in the container of this kind of conversation. The conversation, if spiralled into deeply enough will hold the grief, loss, and fear until the new possibilities can emerge.

co-creating the emerging stories as
the basis of wise action

At this edge, if we stay in the conversation long enough and listen deeply enough, we begin to name our reality in new ways and a deeper story/narrative/culture begins to emerge. We begin to hear in new ways that which is emerging from our being together; the spontaneous, the unplanned. When we pay attention, find our true place, remember that we are all “entangled”, reflect on and harvest our experience wholly, let go, name our limits and the limits of the world/system in relationship to the possibilities, forgive and find compassion, we begin to gather wisdom and new actions emerge.

dreaming the world onward

We become the dream and our story flares forth

My gratitude to John B. McGuire, Gary B. Rhodes and the Center for Creative
Leadership for putting these words together in this order: “Transforming Your
Leadership Culture”.

middle time

at an edge

somewhere in the silence of the dark dry middle

between Once Upon a Time and The End

there is a moment where the arc of our story pivots on a still point

listening down

in soul’s silence or turned face to face

we pause

a belly breath holds us in place our hearts fall open tears water our earth a Baubo laugh shakes something free

our feet find Home

we become the dream and our story flares forth

© Deborah Prokipchuk Ackley, 2008. Revised 2013