I get quite a few different responses to the heading on my website: Leadership, Monasticism, and Revelry.
Some people really like the combination; it really connects with them. There are people I see as a spiritual director and as a leadership coach who chose to work with me because of that heading.
People ask the questions that these words raise for them: Do those things fit together? Which one is most important to me? Can I do all three at the same time? Are all three of these essential? What do they have in common?
For me, they describe the core of who I am and what Strategic Monk has to offer. They are all important to me. They do fit together. They share deep core values.
Leadership, Monasticism, and Revelry are centered around gathering and sharing, community and listening. Each of the three provides opportunities to explore, grow into, and express my deepest true self. Each gives me ways to connect with the true selves of people around me, in person and online.
Essential things happen when people sit down together to share Leadership, Monasticism, and Revelry. People with very different kinds of experiences are seeking those essentials, and I help them move forward.
Each person is different and brings unique gifts to the table. Some people find things that they desire to add to their lives; new skills, changed perspectives, creative approaches. Some people identify things that they want to change or eliminate from their lives; unhealthy ways of working or of understanding themselves. Some people discover deep resources and connections to what is holy in their lives that they did not know existed. Some people find rest and experience joy in new ways.
We sit down together, bringing who we are and what we have within ourselves. We share a meal, we share ourselves, we talk and we listen. One step at a time, community grows from the seeds of Leadership, Monasticism, and Revelry.
How do they fit together for you?
[Image by Jeff Kubina]