If youâ€™re a regular reader here, you may have noticed that some things have changed.
The most noticeable is the banner. It used to say The Dialogue Venture. It doesnâ€™t anymore. What does that mean?
You might think it means that Iâ€™ve given up on dialogue. In the Trump/Brexit/Le Pen era, itâ€™s a reasonable conclusion to draw: more than a few people have quit the quest to talk and listen across divides.
But Iâ€™m not among them. I believe in that work as much as I ever have. And frankly, I canâ€™t help myself: people who disagree with my opinions and values just fascinate me. Iâ€™m odd that way.
To explain the change, it helps me to go back to the way Iâ€™ve always described my dialogue work: I help people change from the inside out to talk with people who drive them nuts.
Notice that first part: change from the inside out. This is where my focus on spirituality and God and inner transformation comes in. I am convinced of the power of faith and spirit to reorient our deepest selves toward the values and attitudes traditionally associated with God: love, peace, justice, compassion, setting oneself aside for the good of others, a deep desire to be positive change in the world.
But inner transformation has an impact on many other aspects of life too. Over the past few years, for instance, Iâ€™ve noticed it has something to say about the frenzied pace of our postmodern world. It has something to say about our constant state of distraction. It has boatloads to say about letting go of self-interest and living for something larger. Not to mention what it might say about current events: the Trump era, immigration, etc.
More and more, Iâ€™ve felt a need to expand my writing on inner transformation to encompass these issues, while not forsaking topics in dialogue. My website needs to reflect that expansion. And apparently, according to the gurus of author marketing, itâ€™s good policy to establish your name as a â€œbrandâ€ wherever possible. Hence the new banner across the top, with my name in bigger type than Iâ€™m used to. (Flip through the website and youâ€™ll see changes in other places too, like the homepage and the About page.)
As always, Iâ€™d love to hear what you think. And one more thing: thank you. All these words mean nothing unless someone reads themâ€”even better, if someone finds a use for them. Youâ€™re one of those someones just by being here. I so appreciate your presence and support.