engage_jean-luc picardEngage.  It’s not just Jean Luc Picard’s mantra.  It’s the basis of everything we humans accomplish.

How is that, exactly?

We only get things done, move things forward, by engaging with the world around us.

It’s the foundation of the relationships we have those closest to us — our family and friends, our work colleagues —  and people we meet up with every day.

It’s also the cornerstone of efforts we make to accomplish goals we’ve set for ourselves, or overcome obstacles we’ve run into along the way.  We must “engage” in order to do; the alternative is inaction, stagnation. Not good.

Jesus with the tax collectors and prostitutes, as well as other “untouchables” of his time comes to mind.  If you’re a fan (or follower) of this particular Jewish carpenter, you’ll recall he didn’t turn the other cheek when it came to those on the fringes of society.  He ENGAGED them.

Amen to that.

Another more recent example from the shoes of the fisherman himself, Francis’ “Year of Mercy” seeks to stir in the hearts of everyone to practice more active compassion, for those in need.

As it’s presented, “the Year of Mercy is an invitation—an invitation to love, kindness, and unbounded generosity. Pope Francis is offering you the opportunity to encounter the incredible mercy of God. Encountering mercy means encountering God. It can transform your life, your relationships, your work, and your ability to embrace and experience all of life. Learn more about the Year of Mercy with our resources below.”

Amen AMEN.

But you don’t need to be a believer to take the path of engagement.  Engaging with the world around you is the fundamental way to live — for connection, for caring, for surviving.

Yep, that can’t be understated.  Engaging the world around us, the people around us, it’s fundamental to LIFE.

So make it so.  Engage.  It’s #worthit ~

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