Where Life and Meaning Meet
From The Intersection with Guy Sayles
I’m interested in those places and times on life’s journey where the way things are intersect with the way they could be and where life’s demands meet our quest for meaning. At these intersections, there are crucial questions to ask:
Is the destination I’m moving toward where I really want to go where I feel called to go?
Or, do I need to head in a new direction?
Do I have what I need to continue the journey? Is my pace sustainable? Am I savoring the beauty, truth, and goodness I encounter along the way?
What’s the quality of my relationships with my traveling companions?
In my work, I seek—and help others to seek—answers to those kinds of questions.
Writer, Speaker, Guide
I’m drawn to the intersections where experiences and perspectives meet, and I’m intrigued by the discoveries such meetings make possible. There’s so much to learn from the creative tensions between between known and unknown, love and fear, creation and chaos, and self and others.
At these intersections, I explore how to live, work, and lead faithfully, effectively, and in alignment with our values, ethics, and commitments, so that we treat others and ourselves as beloved children of God.
I bring to these explorations my years as a congregational leader, university professor, consultant to nonprofit and for-profit enterprises, and guide for people in an variety of settings.
A note about my work as a “guide”: depending on what the person I’m working with needs, I offer a combination of coaching, training, and spiritual direction. As a part of my graduate work, I developed a model of discernment-based consultation on which I’ve continued to draw; worked with established and emerging leaders; and led a variety of ongoing groups focused on integration of professional practice and personal values.
Please use the Contact form to start a conversation about the possibilities of my speaking for your group or for my walking with you as a companion-guide.
– Guy Sayles
My Writing Blog
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