Posted in Having a Voice

More Isn’t Always Better

I recently attended the Sacred Activism conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma, sponsored by Wisdom University.  It was a great experience and there were lots of organizations exhibiting about how they are making a difference in the world.  One of the booths was for a magazine “Authentic Living”.

I decided to put my name in the hat for the drawing.  The prize would be a book which I love.  Can never have too many books!  Fortunately I was one of the winners.  The book I won is one I already had and instead of asking to exchange it I was gracious for the offering but now I have two of the books.

 I can’t explain why I would say something.  I can’t explain why I felt that the gift in and of itself prevented me from speaking up especially since I was the first of four to claim my prize.  It really is a mystery to me and one that concerns me because if I give up my voice here…where else do I give up my voice.

As pilgrims we need to be able to have accept gifts and be gracious but not if it leads to self-sacrifice.  I’m grateful for the gift, just wish I would have asked for one of the books I didn’t have; but now I know and next time I’ll do better!


I've lived my life in service to others. I'm focused on mental health and how it impacts our relationships, culture, and society. Through creative expression and narrative I believe we can impact change.

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