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Wednesday Reflections

January 17, 2018
 
Dear Members and Friends, 
 
During January, we are exploring the theme of Intention. What does it mean to be a People of Intention? 
 
To be a person of intention requires taking the initiative to slow down enough to observe what is truly important, to discern where you are being called, to identify how to be genuine and faithful to serving your most cherished values. So it begins with taking pause, centering down, and simply seeing what is—what is within us, what among us, what is outside of us. 
 
The Transcendentalists of the 19th century were Unitarians who took to heart the call to live with intention. Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau provide some of my favorite reflections on this theme.
 
May this year be one we lead with intention, setting our intention. Here are some readings to reflect on.
 
Warmly,
Alan
 
 
 
A good intention clothes itself with power.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
 

A person will worship something, have no doubt about that. We may think our tribute is paid in secret in the dark recesses of our hearts, but it will out. That which dominates our imaginations and our thoughts will determine our lives, and our character. Therefore, it behooves us to be careful what we worship, for what we are worshipping we are becoming. 

--Ralph Waldo Emerson 

 

It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are you busy about?

--Henry David Thoreau