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"Thank you for teaching me that to give the gift of my time and my presence toward loving another soul is the greatest gift of all."

Morgan Snyder - Trapper blog

Hunua Ranges,
New Zealand

Rob Porter  |  4 min read (with questions)

On the 2nd November 2023, a group of 28 men descended upon a retreat centre in the beautiful Hunua Ranges in New Zealand. 4 days to unplug from the front-lines of live, and enter into an environment and culture that awakens the heart and intimacy with God.

This event was almost a decade in the making. The time needed for my maturation as a man to recover, untangle, unlearn and heal from many assaults over the years.

So, what am I learning about this decision through the question: where are you sacrificing?

These mind-set upgrades have brought me more peace as I learn to let go of expectation and to embrace the good that continues to unfold wherever I am and whatever I'm doing, whether with much or with little.

"The ultimate touchstone of friendship is not improvement, neither of the other nor of the self, the ultimate touchstone is witness, the privilege of being granted the sight of the essence of another, to have walked with them and to have believed in them, and sometimes just to have accompanied them for however brief a span, on a journey impossible to accomplish alone."

David  Whyte

A few questions to be curious about...

  1. What does sacrifice mean to you? 

  2. Where are you sacrificing but expecting something in return?

  3. Where might you need to consider letting go of expecting a return?

  4. If you are sacrificing something, what is it teaching you? Revealing to you? Exposing to you?

  5. Who are you becoming through sacrificing?


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