Before I get to Tina Seelig’s Insight Out: Get Ideas Out of Your Head and Into the World, I again would like to thank all of LGP8 for your open responses to my Blog from last week regarding the role of women in ministry. Your written words were greatly appreciated, but even deeper, your willingness to let me learn in a safe environment was even more appreciated. I needed the Zoom chat, and especially Jenn in opening my eyes to how our comments may be perceived. I again apologize for writing an inappropriate response in the sidebar that I thought was actually a compliment, but certainly was out of order.
I am so glad we are colleagues, where we live out the “iron sharpening iron” principles (Proverbs 27:17).  I come away from the experience a better person and a more understanding leader.
I also appreciate Dr. Jason introducing me to a word I had never heard before–microagression. Shows how ignorant I am when I did not know what he was referring to. Immediately after our Zoom, I looked it up and was amazed how much has been expounded on the topic. MSN had an article the very next day titled 14 Things People Think Are Fine To Say At Work But Are Actually Racist, Sexist, or Offensive. They defined microagression as an an unconscious expressions of racism or sexism and “one thing is that they are in a sense ambiguous, so that the recipient is apt to feel vaguely insulted, but since the words look and sound complimentary, on the surface (they’re most often positive), one can’t rightly feel insulted and doesn’t know how to respond”. 
Was I microagressive? Yes, unintentionally, without malice, but still yes. Derald Wing Sue in Microagressions in Every Day Life: Race, Gender and Sexuality wrote reviewed in a scholarly journal article stating microagressions are most typically due to an “unconscious bias”  on the part of the participant. My personal context of interpreting Scripture in a conservative manner has been greatly influenced because of my inner bias. Right or wrong, I am biased, as we all are.
Our previous readings have warned about bias, including Polanyi in The Great Transformation: the Political and Economic Origins of our Time  and Jonathan Haidt’s The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion.  If we allow our bias’ to overwhelm our sense of listening and understanding, then we are arguing needlessly at the expense (usually) of the people we care about the most.
In the Invention Cycle described so well by Seelig, I was struck by one small sentence and decided to dig deeper into it. The sentence was simply this: “Our actions lead to our passion.”  In fact, the one factor that tied together each of the facets of the invention cycle was PASSION–imagination (engage and envision). creativity (motivate and experiment), innovation (focus and reframe), and entrepreneurship (persist and inspire).
Without passion, in my opinion, no step in this process is sustainable. I know I wear out and bog down when my passion is lacking. In my studies for this DMin, I would certainly drop out if my passion evaporated. The program is too costly in time and resources without a passion for leadership and growth. Each of us must retain our passion with passion.
Seelig used the term “passion” 36 times, as an unofficial part of each of the facets of the invention cycle. A few of my favorites included:
Passions follow engagement, not the other way around. Passions are not innate, but grow from our experiences. 
Only after engaging do you unlock your passions. 
Inspiration stories are filled with people who are passionate about what the’re doing, motivated by imagination. 
You’ll have a clearer picture of what motivates you, understanding the relationship between confidence and passion. 
Seelig’s Stanford background was impressive enough for me, but add to that her other writings, and I feel I have gained from her. “What I Wish I Knew When I Was Twenty” gained the highest ratings for her on Goodreads.com, with our book this week coming in a close second. 
Our prior reading in Handbook of Leadership Theory and Practice, Nohria stated this about passion:
We come together because of a shared passion: To develop leaders who can make a positive difference in the world. 
We have classmates who are passionate about their topics: Armor of God, egalitarianism, generosity, discipleship, etc. Stewardship through Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University is my dissertation passion, specifically by benefitting the local church.
May our passions persevere in this program, as we continue down the Invention Cycle!
 Barker, Kenneth L. Zondervan NIV Study Bible: New International Version. Zondervan, 2008.
 Osario, Francisco. “14 Things People Think Are Fine To Say At Work But Are Actually Racist, Sexist, or Offensive.” Msn.com, Assessed September 11, 2018, www.msn.com/.
 Sue, Derald Wing. Microagressions in Everyday Life: Race, Gender and Sexual Orientation. John Wiley and Sons, 2010.
 Polanyi, Karl. The Great Transformation: the Political and Economic Origins of Our Time. Beacon Press, 2014.
 Haidt, Jonathan. The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion. Vintage Books, 2013.
 Seelig, Tina. Insight out: Get Ideas out of Your Head and into the World. Harper One Publ., 2015. 27.
 Ibid., 24.
 Ibid., 39.
 Ibid., 165.
 Ibid., 191.
 Chandler, Otis. “Tina Seelig.” Goodreads, Assessed September 12, 2018, www.goodreads.com/.
 Nohria, N. Handbook of Leadership Theory and Practice an HBS Centennial Colloquium on Advancing Leadership. Harvard Business Press, 2010.