Isn’t it exciting? Everyone is so busy connecting, creating, making, hustling and I do hope, delivering excellence and the future!
Over the last few weeks I have been working in a place of stillness, physical stillness. A place where thinking about the past, present and future, is considered to be natural, normal and expected. A place where you look at why things are happening, why they have or have not worked and whether it’s really worthwhile to keep changing for the sake of change? When I think about the many innovations that are changing behaviours, attitudes and emotions, have we really benefited? The time is approaching where the technical innovators must pause and think about the impact of replacing human effort.
The technical oligopolies are putting many out of a vocation or profession.
I wonder if the true form of innovation is creating the next before we easily disrupt the present?
The paradox we all face today is that those who are still employed or self employed are working longer and harder and with such energy that is nothing left and our ability to think critically, thoughtfully and compassionately is greatly diminished.
The place I have returned from has values that are lived, practices that are accommodating for all, and celebrate discussion that is robust, considered and always reasonable. An old culture. One that smiles when I talk about sustainability. This concept is not new, we Europeans still do not get it. When I talk about progress, they from the old culture ask, I am I happier, healthier and have meaning in my life?
So I am thinking today about how to be smarter with my time, redirect my energy to things that matter for others and deliver stronger and enduring social dividends. These things cannot be achieved of course without a sustainable positive cash flow.
I dare you to exhale and embrace stillness.