Unlocking the Heart and Soul of Remarkable Leadership, Keith Merron
Remarkable Leadership

The Poet’s Corner – Blessings for Hearth-Keepers – by Robert McDowell

Here is a poem by Caitlîn Matthews to bless the hearth, the home place. It appeals to Saint Bridgit, a Pagan goddess who is also a Christian saint. As we argue about the mosque near Ground Zero, imagine the tolerant and open mindset that sees no conflict between Bridgit the Pagan and Bridgit the Christian saint. If we grow quiet and reflective, what might we learn from our elders about living with genuine compassion in this world? How might this translate to more beneficial action in the workplace? Perhaps it’s true that leaders don’t need arguments and strong points of view as much as they need quiet. Perhaps leaders are best when they’re more like water, like the nurturing, warm circle of the hearth.

Brighid of the mantle encompass us,
Lady of the Lambs protect us,
Keeper of the Hearth, kindle us.
Beneath your mantle, gather us
And restore us to memory
Mothers of our mother,

Foremothers strong,
Guide our hands in yours
Remind us how
To kindle the hearth,
To keep it bright
To preserve the flame,
Your hands upon ours,
Our hands within yours,
To kindle the light,
Both day and night
The mantle of Brighid about us,
The memory of Brighid withn us,
The protection of Brighid keeping us
From harm, from ignorance, from heartlessness,
This day and night,
From dawn till dark
From dark to dawn.