When wisdom was lost, knowledge was found
When knowledge was lost, information was found
When information was lost, data was found…
This saying reflects much of my recent thinking. I observe what appears an addiction going on in the world around me that’s very set on finding the “right method” to make it, regardless. Regardless of the benefit to others, the foundation, the message, the value, the essence that brings beauty and wonder to others.
In re-viewing this, I see a correlation between people wanting to be famous with people wanting to be successful, immediately: now! (And, rich in the process, too.)
And yet, how does this make a positive difference to the world in general? The world is changing rapidly, hard and fast. And sometimes dirty. Innovations abound, new leaders emerge. We have solutions to a whole raft of problems. And, we have problems due to some of these (supposed) solutions. We also have ever-widening gaps in society, with the focus on the application of knowledge, information and data, which have become king. But, where is the wisdom?
I have personal concerns about this. I see a need for human wisdom to re-emerge and to show us that there is more. So very, very much more. The following leadership quotes reflect other ways to consider what our world actually needs and requires:
The world doesn’t need more great leaders, it needs more great people who lead. Erwin McManus
The plain fact is that the planet does not need more successful people. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every kind. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane. And these qualities have little to do with success as we have defined it. David W. Orr, Ecological Literacy
If we increase our awareness of our fellow humans. Their needs. Their safety. Their wellbeing. We do not require more wisdom. We already have inherent wisdom. We require no more committees, more solutions, more interventions and bureaucracy or more infrastructure. We just need to acknowledge more humanity, kindness and consideration.
Beauty in relationships between people follows the intention to build them. The intention to make a difference through inclusion, acceptance and considered kindness and care.
Social media provides us with stories of the many people who have achieved much from nothing through the intention to make a difference. To help. To bring Love and to build the relationships required, powered by a determined vision. And the applied wisdom of creating understanding in others’ minds and hearts, so that they’re willing to contribute to, and invest in the possible.
We need only see how what is possible can be achieved. We need only apply the wisdom we have from a fresher viewpoint. We need only focus on the solutions that bring hope back into life: connection, respect, understanding, care and consideration for with, to and for others.
If we follow the words of Erwin McManus and be great people who lead, and according to David W. Orr, (become) peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every kind, then we can make the world we live in the very special place it is and can be.
The future of this planet, and our world civilisation has great potential. Our attention to each other and the resources we have in hand, are powerful. How we view this potential and how we build on our Love, our values and our skills to make a difference, is for us to consider. And apply in our lives.
Will you choose to be a great person who leads? Will you enable your own wellbeing in promoting others to be well? Will you make a decision to smile more to others? To hear their needs? To be kind? To consider them as individuals with hopes and dreams, too?
If yes, you are already starting to make a difference. It can all start with a smile, with a genuinely meant: how are you? and an acknowledgment that they are seen, cared for and considered.
Being the difference, makes the difference. Are you up for making a difference?