In responding to being both physically and spiritually present in this time of turmoil I began to understand the pathway of responding to risky invitations.

When you clutch at the imagined certainties of your life you keep life at bay, and drain and distance yourself from your journey with the Holy. To turn back from the risky invitations of your journey is to trifle with life by willfully denying yourself the fullness of who you are meant to be.   

The risky invitations are much more than a surprise disrupting your familiar patterns; they are a gift connecting you with others in new mindfulness about what it means to be fully human. Our lives are replete with refusals and acceptances. It is never too late on your journey to develop mindful openness to the risky invitations presented to you.

ROBERT V. TAYLOR's work has been featured on NPR, NBC-TV Los Angeles,, in Advocate Magazine, Instinct Magazine, and many more. Heis Chair of the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation in New York, and founding Chair of the Committee to End Homelessness in King County, Washington. He is a graduate of Rhodes University, South Africa and Union Theological Seminary, New York. He lives in Seattle and on a farm in rural Eastern Washington. Learn more at