Whenever we read or hear something in a different or new & fresh way, our sense and perspective of reality can grow and broaden. Our world expands a bit. Consider the words, “Love-Consciousness invites all people to co-creation, the nations to peace. Love-Consciousness is our heritage, our birthright, to be awakened in every soul.” [Psalm 47,N. Merrill, Psalms for Praying, p. 88].
In our recent educational staff training we talked of diversity, attitudes and ways of interaction that provide excellent customer care. It is a win-win approach which creates an attentive, respectful & personal focus that builds mutual interactions. In the face of a challenge where we feel that we come up short, are overwhelmed, feel inpatient, misunderstood etc. it can makes all the difference in the world. When we are graced with recognizing our own feelings & own them, we can let ourselves be held by Love-Consciousness so that we are empowered to make a choice in our response rather than give some quick reaction. By holding and observing the situation, we co-create a response that is respectful and invites open dialogue. In each challenge like this we find an opportunity to widen our awareness of our world. When we do, we provide customer care that shows patience, listening, understanding and respect both for the other and ourselves. We also grow in living the Mission.
May Love-Consciousness awaken in each of us,
Sr. Elaine Abels, rscj Co-Director of Mission Integration & Spiritual Care