The title of this blessing by John O’Donahue, “For One Who Holds Power” brought to mind our world leaders and holding this vision for them. And since each one of us holds power in our own lives, the blessing applies to us too!
May the gift of leadership awaken in you as a vocation,
keep you mindful of the providence that calls you to serve.
As high over the mountains the eagle spreads its wings,
may your perspective be larger than the view from the foothills.
May you have the wisdom to read time clearly
and know when the seed of change will flourish.
In your heart may there be a sanctuary
for the stillness where clarity is born.
May your work be infused with passion and creativity
and have the wisdom to balance compassion and challenge.
May your soul find the graciousness to rise above the fester of small mediocrities.
May your power never become a shell wherein your heart would silently atrophy.
May you welcome your own vulnerability as the ground where healing and truth join.
May integrity of soul be your first ideal,
the source that will guide and bless your work.