is a columnist for On Being. His column appears every Wednesday.
He is a Quaker elder, educator, activist, and founder of the Center for Courage & Renewal. His books include A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life, and Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation. His book On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity, and Getting Old will be published in June.
Life has its moments of melancholy. Parker Palmer reminds us to stop, take it all in, and write some poetry to recall life’s aspirations.
As you read this poem, Parker Palmer asks us to ponder a simple question: “How, then, shall I live?”
Parker Palmer draws inspiration from the words of Wendell Berry on celebrating one’s obstacles and the impeded stream that sings.
Parker Palmer turns to a famous Mary Oliver poem to remind him to be grateful for the “family of things.”
A vexing question receives a profound answer. And Parker Palmer asks: “What task is calling you — at home, at work, in the larger world — that you need to embrace even though it’s impossible?”
When we live behind a mask, how do we connect and establish trust with one another? Parker Palmer on reclaiming our identity and integrity.
Parker Palmer offers a light-hearted vignette on the unexpected visitor and welcoming her in — all by way of a metaphor by Rumi.
Parker Palmer encourages us to look with child-like imagination to better understand the world’s mysteries.
Drawing on Joseph Campbell, Parker Palmer asks: where might you turn for news that is “true and worth attending to”?
In our busy lives, a reminder from Parker Palmer that what matters most is not our ability to produce but our ability to love, and to just be. With a poem by Lynn Ungar.