Successfulness or fruitfulness?

“There is a great difference between successfulness and fruitfulness. Success comes from strength, control and respectability. A successful person has the energy to create something, to keep control over its development, and to make it available in large quantities. Success brings many rewards and often fame. Fruits, however, come from weakness and vulnerability. And fruits are unique. A child is the fruit conceived in vulnerability, community is the fruit born through shared brokenness, and intimacy is the fruitfulness that grows through touching each other’s wounds. Let’s remind one another that what brings us true joy is not successfulness but fruitfulness” – Henri Nouwen

I have this ‘thought for the day’ kind of book that I picked from my Grandad’s shelf when we went through his things a few years ago. Each day of the year it offers a thought or reflection or something like that. I try and remember to read a page, on the day, just before I leave the house. Sometimes it puts me in a reflective, mindful zone, probably as the author intended. At other times, it puts me on a right downer! I have a severe allergy to weekday mornings (Kath might suggest this allergy extends to work) and spiritual reflection can be a potent allergen’.

A fruitful year

We have finally submitted our Arts Council England bid and we included one supporting document, as per the rules. For our document, we decided to briefly outline what we’ve been up to in this first, experimental year. What we discovered was that there is nothing ‘brief’ about what we’ve been up to. We had totally forgotten about a lot of what our core members have done. In case you have too, we wanted to share this document with you: The Pelican Project Arts Council attachment

The reflection above is from January 4th. I specifically remember thinking, “well F’ you, I want to be successful”. It came back to me again whilst we wrote the bid and thought about everything our core members, carers and families have done for themselves and their community. I won’t say much more, the supporting document speaks for itself. What a fruitful year it has been. 

Until next time,
Charlie

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