Time Bending

I suppose it isn’t surprising that I become even further aware of this pervading concept called “time” when I’m staying with Jessica Riehl. I’m with her, Kevin Hiebert, and Sara Rosenau in Portland, Oregon, preparing to host three days of Art of Hosting for 50 people. It was 4-5 years ago that I met Jessica, who was very interested in relationship to time. She was a grad student working on thesis. We later created some exercises together to pull people into an awareness of time, to some consciousness. Not so much time management. Rather, awareness, awakeness, and presence.

The picture above is looking into Jessica’s neighborhood from the guest room in which I wake this morning. I love the trees in this neighborhood, including some incredible old, giant cedars. I love the flowers. Roses grow tremendously here. The skies are cloudy this morning, with some further sun coming in the day and week.

In waking, and journaling, I found these words about time writing through me onto the page.


Time Bending

Days are ticking by, relentlessly, 
as if quickened, 
and bending toward more and more fast passings. 

It is June 4th. 
Where did May go? 
Or April? 
Or the first half of the year? 

In my mind, it could well be the first month of the year. 
Yet the calendar proclaims to me the approach of half way.

I want to bend time. 
Perhaps, to slow it down.
Perhaps, just because I can,
and because this is what time has been teaching me.

I don’t want more days of living outside of myself,
conforming to the rush.
I don’t want more days of scrambling for a score, or validation,
through systems pervasive yet unnatural.

I want more days of arriving.
To this place, and this time, with welcome.



Designed. Indeed.

This is our whiteboard design for Transforming the Way We Gather and Lead: An Art of Hosting Intensive. It’s the agenda. It starts today. From a rough draft of three weeks ago, most of this came together yesterday.

This is a three day, non-residential version. Design that is not just planned, but welcomed to arrive in the four of us creating together — Kevin Hiebert, Jessica Riehl, Jordan Rosenblum, and myself.

It has the kinds of things that define a template for The Art of Hosting. Teachings. System frameworks. Core methodologies. Space for stillness. It also has unique features that come because this is our team. Not just stuff that we should do, but stuff that is distinctly interesting and compelling to who we are together.

Today, 40 people will come. They’ll see this version. Transparency matters. They’ll also see a fancier version (thanks Jordan). In how I think of it, we are part of a local story, and a bigger story. People everywhere want to do good with each other. People are hungry to be smarter together. People are hungry to feel more, imagine more, and contribute to a world that feels rather complex.

By design.