Present Value

A grand grandfather
things he would say
in manners unforgettable
a rhythm in one word.

“Presently” he would respond
when very close we shared
a time between
then and then.

The past
speak it does not
silent to most things new.
The future
too, is mute
of value present and true.

A voice
resonant, clear
calls our name.

Call it does
from a moment.
Call it does
in the moment.

Listen we must,
to hear
is to trust.

And presently we know
then in now,
now in then.

As the grand father taught
resonant and clear
the voice within
in presence only we hear.

–J.Brunson

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Photo by Anna Sabino

A New Confidence (to Hear and to Hold)

To listen is a gift,
both giver and receiver
reaping richness
in what is said and heard.

In listening, truly hearing,
curiosity consumes
and what is consumed
swells large
into one specific question,
when asked
clears the present
and floods the soul.

He spoke.
I heard.
I gave.

Oft said by self
not heard by self
is lost to the soul.

We reconvened.
I reminded.
He received.

Oft said by self
heard and held by another
is persuasive to the soul.

From tongue to ear to heart
listen, hear, and hold.
In the warmth of such connection
we will never grow cold.

−J. Brunson

Present Purpose

In her presence, simply no one questions her purpose. She is Kathryn Tucker Windham – Storyteller, Selma, AL … and she tells stories; beautiful, rich, true stories. Her stories vividly illustrate the balance she learned from her father and that is experienced in her presence:
Listen
Learn
Laugh
Love

In the spin of that cycle, it is clear that the end is also the beginning spark; Love. Kathryn learned to listen because she accepted the gift of love. As she opened to learning, she applied the knowledge gleaned in support of loving more deeply. Kathryn learned to laugh ‘with’ … and in her presence there is plenty of restoring humor.

How one interpret’s Kathryn’s purpose is as unique as that person. Her purpose is experienced in the moment as she tells us stories.

Purpose is alive and active only in the present. Know this: Your Desire & Intent as a leader is good and is where you find the roots of your authenticity. As you live your purpose with presence, your authenticity grows and is fruitful in the world.

This is both the end and beginning of your love as a leader. And if you have an issue with love in leadership, I challenge you; try it on. Be present with it. Then judge for yourself.