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Busyness as Violence

“There is a pervasive form of modern violence to which the idealist…most easily succumbs: activism and over-work. The rush and pressure of modern life are a form, perhaps the most common form, of its innate violence. To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything is to succumb to violence. The frenzy of the activist neutralizes his (or her) work… It destroys the fruitfulness of his (or her)…work, because it kills the root of inner wisdom which makes work fruitful.” - Thomas Merton, Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander

Dear Kaleid Women,

You are beautiful.

Are you also tired?

We are.

At the end of this “back to school” month, consider the invitation to rest and perhaps even to let go of some of the things that inhibit true fruitfulness. We want Kaleid to be a community where you see more clearly so that you can “do”  more intentionally and rest more authentically.

Alternatively, after you’ve reflected for a stolen minute or two, we ask you an ironic, worthy question: Do you want some of your busyness to extend in the direction of new perspectives? Then bring your busyness to us, and join us in October! :)

If you want to dive into engagement with new lenses to understand your city and to unpack some of the race conversation that has been swirling in the air over the last, well, history of our country, please join us. We don’t want you to be busier, but we do want to invite you to dream bigger.


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