Sunday, January 29, 2012

What Work Can Mean to You

Week 4

What Work Can Mean to You


1. There’s a pace to travel in work that enlivens, a balls-
on-the-feet action that quickens the body.

2. The loneliness one feels in the busy hotel after a solo
room-service dinner counters with occasional self-doubt.

3. Back home toward weekends the tension continues as
one joins family, friends, office associates and weighs
questions of career.

4. The project comes front-and-center, tests loom to master mettle and moxie, the appetite for competence a pang that bites back.

5. Is it worth it? Does it matter? Am I the one to play here? Does this play elsewhere?

6. Caught up short, I’m ready for guidance.

7. What must I learn? Who and what will teach me? What fear do I need to put behind me?


What does the
road warrior want,
having that last
cup of coffee
in the hotel dining room
before it’s off
to the sales call,
interview, presentation,
smiling participation
in the workshop,
meeting with the boss
in another city,
near the end
of the week—
catching the plane home,
catching her breath,
reading a book,
summarizing a report?
Then one day
may come the moment—
Let this be me!

© 2012, Allan Cox, Allan Cox & Associates, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Your Place in the Big Picture

Week 3

Your Place in the Big Picture


1. It’s likely not possible to have a thought for redemption that hasn’t been had by others.

2. It’s like saying this gem of an idea I’ve shared with you isn’t original, but I arrived at it independently.

3. The difference is in the sharing. In the first case, you’re embarrassed; in the second, perhaps a bit too proud.

4. The reasons for embarrassment are old and common, but laying them beside God is a game-changer.

5. God is vocabulary, a word that came into the world where there was a consciousness waiting.

6. Vocation is the calling, the tearing out old pages from the notebook, grains sliding between your fingers as you walk.

7. When your breath shows that God needs you, the night is a full moon.

Photograph by Cher Cox


Is there a truth
of mine alone,
not shared
with anyone—
friend, parent, child,
life partner?
Not shared, not known
because I never found
words for it?
What might that be?
Never fully loved?
Never fully loving?
Vanity threaded throughout?
Loss of faith?
Unspent talent?
Fear’s most deceiving cover-up?
Anger beyond comprehension?
Failed trust in control?
A plain hopeless sinner,
salt of the earth?
Yes, let’s not forget that.
I’m persuaded that
God needs me.

© 2012 Allan Cox, Allan Cox & Associates, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

At Bottom, Who’s There?

Week 2

At Bottom, Who’s There?


1.   What does it do to you when someone strong says, Think straight!

2.   When have your thoughts led you astray, when you’ve fessed up, “I was wrong about that.

3.   What lets you know when you’re right-on with your thoughts?

4.   How far apart are your head and heart? How far? How near?

5.   How do you define heart’s desire?

6.   How do you finish the sentence, I am _____?

7.   Where do you need to be right now—emotionally, not geographically—to be at your best?

Photograph by Cher Cox


I think,
therefore I am.
Many have argued
persuasively against
these words by Descartes,
but so what if
they’re right in some way?
We do think and are.
But what do we think?
Where do we end?
If this, then that?
This, therefore that?
Simply, only, that?
Someone has said
the longest distance
is between head
and heart.
Much desire is
not of the heart
but rather attachment—
loyalty to mundane wish.
The modesty of
heart’s desire acknowledged
hoves to shore
our masterful minds.

© 2012 Allan Cox, Allan Cox & Associates, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Sunday, January 8, 2012

What Do I Do Now?

Week 1

What Do I Do Now?


1.   Sometimes old convictions make us old before our time.

2.   What questions, if any, have you entertained lately that raise doubts about your life course?

3.   Should you choose to change course, how bold can you be without having the new path laid out clearly?

4.   Where will you find support if you change course? It’s there to be found.

5.   What still small voice has kept you alive amid doubt and confusion?

6.   What lights you up? Think back to some good times for clues. Go to the light.

7.   Watch your feet. Where are they taking you?

Photography by Cher Cox


Are you on the road
to stop?
I mean, how long
will you travel?
Do you wonder
how much
you should endure?
You look tired,
like someone
worn out from
washing clean clothes.
Are you needed
the you you’ve
trampled under
your own feet?
Shatter them!
They’re only clay.
Roll yourself
in a cart
to that river
and meet there
your invisible
and feet of

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