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From beyond, an elder,
wise words written, saying
All my service becoming prayer,
All my work, play.

According to my service,
which is my work,
and according to my work,
which is my service,
it seems I pray, constantly.

From afar, questions.
In close, questions within.
From both routes, served.
Impact builds.

In my work, loving
impartially and intrinsically,
I yearn for more to serve,
to love,
with the prayer of my work.

–J. Brunson

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Trust the Mystery

The mystery of impact,
a paradox hard to hold,
being who I am
doing what I do,
to what end?

The answer held truly
by the one, herself
by the one, himself
read aloud in their own lives.

In the theater of my life,
I stand somewhere between
the second and final acts,
scenes replaying and lovingly teaching.

Youth now walks behind me,
but deserted me it has not.
Its diligence dutiful and due,
its design served adequately.

From the words of life & living,
a manuscript evolving,
my impact unfolding in the chapters,
written by others
finally by me being read.

And read I do
often and openly.
no longer hiding,
impact embracing,
the mystery holding,
the mystery holding me.

– J. Brunson

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Soul to Soul

Soul to soul, a connection made,
once made, one soul, an agent becomes,
and from his agency, soul to soul we stand.

We stand on purpose
and on purpose we stand,
individually, collectively,
propelled by desire, protected by intent;
finding Trueness firm in the two between.

Watching, a pleasure, seeing purpose
flow from you, one to many, many to one.
The tension you hold, a creative discipline
resolute in service,
determined to love.

Your desire, the fire
from which everything ignites,
for the many, for the one.

Your intent, the imprint
of who you are,
on the one, on the many.

Privileged to witness
such true aim
guiding the vessel of impact,
holding fast a trajectory of purpose,
colliding into a work of love.

Individually we understand, and privileged jointly,
we navigate the light and dark mystery
of soulful journey.

–J. Brunson

Accompanying Post: Deep Impact (Feel, Hear, See)

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You Are Someone

You are someone in whom
I delight

You are someone with whom
being, I enjoy

I like to be with you
and how you are with me
I like who I am with you

So hard it is to believe
any arrangement than this
such present delight would bring

Impossible it is to trust
the lack of such
brings anything less
than anxious obstruction

Thus thankful I am
and openly and silently
thankful we are
you are someone

You are that someone
someone who
confidently holds
together for us
what’s real
what’s possible

You are that someone
someone who
in the present
gives from your best
leads from our best

–J. Brunson

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A heart thought
just Be.
Be grateful in the being.
Allow gratefulness to fill.
Allow gratefulness to fulfill.

Okay, I’m in.
Today I will walk in gratitude.
Today I will do any and all
I do
with a grateful heart
and a mind of grateful thoughts.

It doesn’t have to be fast
these actions
these thoughts.
Each only has to be real.
The real me
since the beginning
just being
relaxed in the flow of it all.

At such source
I am reminded
in full, complete compassion
that all is one
now
being with the moment
I can see reality.

−J. Brunson

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With passion
you begin to listen
With purpose
you open to learn
With presence
you now lead.

Impact
a full force
of conscious living.

Passion drives you,
you know what and why you love.
Purpose draws you,
you know who and when to love.
Presence sustains you,
you know how is trusting the flow.

Impact
from your passion seeded
Impact
from your purpose strengthened
Impact
from your presence actualized.

The love of a leader
a journey you accept, and
thankful we are for the
Impact,
what we know by your rhythm.

—J. Brunson

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Attempting to be smart
but smart doesn’t arrive.
Strategic absurdity sets in
action stalls and plans crush.

Calculated anticipation is admired
expectations rule, future pulls,
and no one is here to engage.

A friend has said
wise she was
Interest creates Energy.

Voice is the core of energy
an articulation of authenticity
the rhythm of presence.

Suddenly it seems
but more gradual is reality,
One stands firm with voice
and love stands solid and present.

A self given
to the self
of the other.

A self given
but first given
to itself.

Thus the path of Impact
in a needy world,
A world in need
of soulful participation.

−J. Brunson

Poem grounded from Skillfully Generous – Impact

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