RevGalBlogPal Friday Five with a View

It's been a while since I've played the RevGalBlogPal Friday Five, so here goes ...

1. How important is the "big picture" to you, do you need a glimpse of the possibilities or are you a details person?

This is such an interesting Friday Five, because this morning during morning mass I found myself contemplating the idea of vision, and especially the vision needed to be a leader. I was thinking that the "great leaders" were able to think big, to glimpse the possibilities. But they also had room for how to get there and invited other people to participate in both the vision and the details. Most important, I think, is that instinctively they knew not to get so lost in the vision that they missed out on the human bits. At the same time, they realized that the vision is bigger than us. God's the master dreamer.

2. If the big picture is important to you how do you hold onto it in the nitty gritty details of life?

I'd say I'm a big picture person, but my brain is also always thinking of the details of how you get there. I get lost in the details sometimes, or rather I get "married" to "my" details or "my vision" of the big picture. So for me, the key is to hold the two in balance as well as to remind myself to remain open to other possibilities and broader participation. This is something I'm working on, and most likely will be working on my entire life!

3. Name a book, poem, psalm, piece of music that transports to to another dimension ( one....what am I thinking....)

A scripture quote isn't one of the options, but this one comes to mind: "For the vision still has its time, presses on to fulfillment and will not disappoint; If it delays, wait for it, it will surely come, it will not be late." (Habakuk 2:3)

It reminds me that whatever vision I, or the community I'm a part of, might have, really it's God's vision and God's time that matters. We're just part of how that all unfolds.

Which reminds me of this quote I came across the other day from Dom Helder Camera: "When we are dreaming alone it is only a dream. When we are dreaming with others, it is a beginning of reality."

(So I cheated and had two!)

4.Thinking of physical views, is there somewhere that inspires you, somewhere that you breathe more easily?

Forests. Me alone, on a trail, surrounded by tall trees up above and lush green mossy things on the ground. Birds chirping, little (non-scary) creatures going about their daily tasks. A little bit of blue sky peaking through the tree canopy. Breathe deeply, take in the smell, breathe out slowly. Aaahhh....

5. A picture opportunity... post one if you can ( or a link to one!)

(Taken on the grounds of west coast groovy sister hq)


Deb said...

Huh. I think you have something in the idea of "being married" to my idea of the details!


RevAnne said...

Love the Camera quote. Great play!