By Rev. David Carl Olson, Associate Minister for Congregational Life

Root words that relate to the term “Clarity” are thought to come from the Sanskrit usakala. These roots are associated with the dawn and to the rooster’s crowing to mark the break of day. A bright idea dawns on us in a similar way. The day becomes more light-filled, and we can see more clearly. By such mechanism, we find clarity.

I self-identify as a person who more readily prefers extraversion. Sometimes I am not quite sure what I am thinking about inside until I “get it out there.” I “extravert” (is that a verb?) by writing, by speaking, by singing, by speculating with a group. Thus, I come to a sense of what is inside the murkiness of my heart-mind . . . it dawns on me . . . and I find Clarity.

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