From the Elders of the Hopi Nation

It’s a simple piece. Often quoted. To guide meaning-making and presence-practicing.

I’m reading it today from within my friend Meg’s book, Perseverance.

“Know that the river has its destination.
The elders say we must let go of the shore.
Push off into the middle of the river,
and keep our heads above water.”


It speaks that reminder that I so often appreciate. Not only do we live life, life lives us. There is some surrender in that.

How freeing.

And on it goes.

2 Replies to “From the Elders of the Hopi Nation”

  1. Meg’s writings were a mainstay to my consulting work with my public-school division. I gifted several leaders with her book, Perseverence…used her videos in leadership development sessions…and frequently quoted from Turning to One Another when I introduced the participatory group processes we are both so familiar with.
    Thanks for this nudge to fondly look back on the day, twelve years ago, when I celebrated the conclusion of that chapter of my career with colleagues I cherished.

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