Making a myth (and finding the truth)
At this time of year, once all the rituals of gifts, gatherings and eating my own body weight in chocolate are over, I will again reflect on my own sense of what is true for me - what it is to be alive and how I might use my life well. I remind myself that, in all I do, the most important thing is to live the Golden Rule of loving not just my neighbour but also the stranger.
I often fail to live like this. I stumble into dark places and make choices which do not mean I live to its standard. But I have come to accept such things are part of the journey of living one’s principles.
It’s why working at Cyrenians is such a special and profoundly privileged thing for me, for here, more than anything I have ever done, I have the opportunity to live by this rule despite my human frailty.
We supported over 7000 people last year. I meet very few of them but I know that by supporting as best I can my amazing colleagues, who live by our values and see building trusted relationships as the primary thing they do, I am living the Golden Rule. It is this belief which helps me feel I am flourishing and can find the contentment which is at the heart of the human condition. It is an extraordinary gift which is as life changing for me as the actions of my colleagues is life changing for those they support.
We are all shaped and formed by our stories and the myths which go with them. The task is to find out who we are in amongst them all, not by rejecting but seeking the truths they hold at their heart.
Taking the time to stop, be still, listen and be silent in refection, seeking who we are and what we might become in amongst the stories and myth, relationships and actions which have shaped us is perhaps one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves.