[Excerpt from Ask Michael: January 2016]
Janet: Michael, for the last couple of years at this time you have given us a list of the 7 elements that prompt learning for the year, in the form of questions to ask ourselves. Can you provide the 7 elements that prompt our learning in this Server year?
- Will you make the effort to care enough? (Are you willing to do the work that caring invites you to do?)
- Are you willing to care only because you care? (caring for the sake and reward of caring)
- Can you care about "the world," "others," and yourself at the same time?
- Are you willing to step back, rest, and recover when you feel you are no longer effective in caring? (caring for yourself as your primary fuel, and not as your last resort).
- Are you willing to respond rather than react?
- Are you willing stop being unintentionally or intentionally hurtful (to yourself or others)?
Are you willing to trust your impulses, instincts, and do the work of providing your very basic needs?
All of the above questions speak to the heightened invitation to care in a Server year.
In a year when the invitation to care is heightened, the concept is not enough. There is work to do. There is rest required. There are priorities of distribution of fuel for the capacity to continue caring.
The idea of reward and benefit from caring may keep some from caring if the results are not immediate, but the Server year comes when long-term care is needed for preferred changes to come and for safe development to be secured.
The above elements of the Server year can help you to check in and determine where you are and what might need to be done at any given moment.