"We cannot change the world by a new plan, project or idea.
We cannot even change other people
by our convictions, stories, advice & proposals,
but we can offer a space where people are encouraged to disarm themselves,
lay aside their occupations and preoccupations and listen with attention & care
to the voices speaking in their own center." - Henry Nouwen
This is an excellent definition of spiritual direction,
and it's true, we can all offer a space to listen to one another.
photo of the fountain in my backyard