H&H Question of the Times
Question: Dr. Hackley, When pillars fall, what shall sustain us?
Answer: Thank you, Hadassah Speaks on Facebook. I realize that this question has been provoked by the great loss of leaders in all kinds of contexts of service. We first need identify the meaning of a pillar.
A pillar can be defined as a person or thing regarded as reliably providing essential support for something. Furthermore we need to personally and community identity who those pillars or "essential supporters," are in our lives and communities. We need to look at the leaders and personalities that our generation flocks to for spiritual, mental, and emotional guidance and affirmation.
The second step in answering the question is tied to our ability to make a clear and calculated assessment of all that "the pillar" is both being, and more specifically doing. If we have no assessment, we don't know the full value of who they are to us. It is up to us to seek that out. It would help, but they are not obligated to articulated that to us. Remember, articulation and duty are two inter-related but very different works. Just because I can lay brick, doesn't mean I can draft architecture, yet both are essential for optimum building.
These times demand our stand, our, our strength, and our synonym. The latter is how we interpret their articulation as our own context of contribution.
- When pillars fall, the question of "What has been put within us?" arises.
- When pillars fall, the question of "What we have been put in?" arises.
- When pillars fall, the question of "How strongly we have received pillar preparation, context, examples?" arises.
The pillars are holding up a standard of involvement in some matter, manner, and maturity in our spaces, lives, and communities. Will we BE a synonym for their name and their nature of positive impact? Will, what they were holding up, continue to be supported in the location that they leave us in to engage it? It is similar to adding a support beam to a load-bearing wall. While we are opening a new dimension to the environment yet we are building upon the continuation of that which sustains.
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