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‘Working in the business or on the business?’ A common phrase to shift attention out of the day-to-day. Up and out into strategy and external insight. But have you ever considered this in the context of your mind?
On 13th September Cat Hase and I ran a Street Wisdom for September’s Learn > Connect > Do event, and welcomed an inquisitive bunch of wanderers to the PKF Cooper Parry offices up here in the East Mids. You can *see some of them there in the photo 😉 (*courtesy of Cat’s creative skills and in the absence of us thinking to take photos!) Thanks to these wonderful people buying tickets to find wisdom in the streets, we’ve now upped our total donated to Twenty:Twenty to £325 so far this year – more than last year’s total already! We’re delighted!!
As well as that great news, I wanted to share about the experience of one of the delegates because it led to learning and insight for me too. This is the kind of brilliance that comes from Street Wisdom and I didn’t even wander!
Jonny, Head of Fundraising at Twenty:Twenty, brought the question – how do you create a community? Clearly an important question for his job, and for many in the world of work whatever the sector.
His first thoughts as he began his quest were “well, an airport runway, how am I going to find inspiration here?’. And of course he did, because our mind is a wonderful thing and Street Wisdom is an amazing tool to access it.
This seemingly dead-end question led to a realisation that the runway is in fact itself a creator of community. All the people who visit the airport, who work there, who transport people there, who work in the businesses that are only there because of their proximity to the airport. These people are all part of that airport community. They might all have different individual, small-group or large-group purposes to be there but they’re all connected by that central tarmac object. All part of that community.
Later that night, or the next morning, I can’t quite remember….I had a realisation too…..multiply that up. Take it bigger. Take the earth.
We might all have our individual, small-group or large-group purposes here but we are all connected. We are all together, living our purposes, connected by this shared central earth-shaped object. All part of this community. And not just humans – plants, creatures, weather, water, mountains….. All connected.
What does this change for you?
This has been a new realisation for me thanks to learning about the Three Principles with Piers Thurston and this particular realisation has helped to settle a paradox that I used to just accept I had to hold both ends of.
That paradox was that I would hear people say “you’re good enough just as you are” but then I would hear and see others doing or saying things – maybe about their own work or feeding back to me – which would suggest I “should” be doing or behaving in a different way. So…I’m good enough as I am…..except when others (or me to myself) lay down a judgement and then I’m not good enough, I’m imperfect in some way and I “should” change and do something different.
Now…..the paradox has dissolved.
One is that I had a deep whole-body realisation that I’m actually, deeply, fundamentally OK. I am already a whole person. Good enough just as I am. I truly “see” that. I don’t just hear the words at an intellectual level.
Two is that I see that everything I have ever experienced has been from the inside out. So all those times when I’ve thought I “should” be doing something because of what someone else is telling me or what I’m enviously seeing others do, have been created by me. Self-imposed “should’s”.
And the result. The paradox is gone. I am deeply, fundamentally, good enough as I am and I know I have an innate capacity to be creative and resourceful which means I will keep moving forward, learning, improving and creating with the goal of making a positive difference. But not because I “should”, instead because it feels like the most natural and obvious thing to do.
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