In the name of all that is holy and sacred, that is precious and valued,…
Sometimes things do not seem to go as planned. And still, possibilities for healing and nurture occur….
This last week I attended an “institute” held by the Unitarian Universalist Ministers’ Association. This is a chance for us to learn and grow, with a program representing the best in our Association and beyond. The idea is that it should also be a chance for nurture and renewal.
I attended a great workshop on “thinking like a filmmaker” which gave me great ideas about how to better approach next month when we will begin to live stream and videocast our services on Sunday. The presenter, Marcia McFee, is a leader in the field of contemporary worship and it was a rich experience. And our worship featured amazing music and great preaching and I even got a last-minute request to read one of my poems in a morning service. I convened four “meet-up” groups—three to do with the Commission on Institutional Change which I chair and one about ministry and addiction. Altogether satisfying from an input point-of-view.
Renewal not so much. I had set three goals—to sing in the choir under the great Dr. Glenn Thomas Rideout who is a very accomplished musicologist and choir director, to get in the water sometime (and even remembered my bathing suit) and to get to morning yoga.
On the last night, I realized I had done none of these—attending to the learning and also matters back home at MDUUC (though I did get to do a little dancing so that counts.) I had not seen an alligator or even walked on a beach.
So my last morning, instead of a shower I took a bath. A morning bath feels like a luxury and in that gesture, I acknowledged my failings in the area of self-care and vowed to start again.
Sometimes we make plans and we have to adjust them. In truth, I would not make different choices than I made for I learned much and was with very fine people. Still, I am grateful for the extra chances of morning baths and self-reflection.
In faith, Leslie
Rev. Leslie Takahashi is privileged to be the Lead Minister of MDUUC