A Torah Trek
a local hospital complex, and the Torah
Along the Way
In one of the neighborhoods, I noticed a tree that had sticky notes tacked to it, with extra pens and paper placed on the ground nearby. As I got closer, I read the notes which had been left by others. They said things like, "I'm thankful for my wonderful family," and "I'm grateful for my dog," and "I'm thankful for everything I have." It was a gratitude tree! I was surprised, because this was early into my trip and already gratitude was a part of the journey. The spirit of Thanksgiving was in the air. This small act of intentionality was a sign to me of the good things that surround us everyday, if we only take the time and energy to look for them.
Down the road, I also passed by a community sidewalk which was purposely constructed around an existing tree. A small detail, but one that could make a big impact. The tree is a live oak and its leaves stay green all year round. It provides shade to people waiting for the bus during the hot summer months, and it gives a burst of green during the fall and winter when other trees and plants have gone dormant. The tree could have easily been removed, but it wasn't, and as a result people will benefit from this small and generous act for years to come.
“I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented."
Talking the Walk
- How do you personally practice living an embodied or committed spiritual life?
- What is the most important thing that people need to know about Temple B'nai Israel?
- What do you think people are looking for in religion or spirituality today? Why?
- What does "life's a journey, not a destination" mean to you?
- If you could change one thing in our world today, what would it be? How?
- Only yes moves us forward. No keeps us stuck.
- There is an opportunity between every in-breath and out-breath.
- People are looking for something greater than themselves, and a process for purpose.
- The world is better because of who I am today, and because I am not who I was yesterday.
- My hope is that decision makers will be able to have the humility to build consensus.
"A religious man is a person who holds God and man in one thought at one time, at all times, who suffers harm done to others, whose greatest passion is compassion, whose greatest strength is love and defiance of despair."
Charles Gosset is a Certified Professional Life and Leadership Coach (ACC, CPC) and founder of Full Integration Coaching, LLC. He helps big-hearted people with huge drive lead exceptional lives. You can find out more about him and the transformational services he offers by visiting: www.fullintegrationcoaching.com.