Now just who is Ron Koertge?
“You who asked for advice, listen: When the tower
falls, be like that child. Laugh so loud everybody
in the world frowns and says, “Shhhh.””
A delightful little poem to make you smile.
I’ve only lived in Europe for 4 years. In a new economy, that is a sizeable chunk of time. Here it is nothing. Surrounded by old buildings and reminders of a long history, everyone is acutely aware of their insignificance. To the ear of a new arrival, there seems to be a lot of complaining. And the constant whine is not a figment of our imagination. Academics have constructed massive theories about the anomie of Europeans, the malaise of hopelessness, and the prevalent sense that someone powerful makes our lives a misery.
There is another reading of life here that I find more useful.
Being a small part of a large system is invigorating when our understanding of the part we play brings alive our sense of our relationships with other people. The need to tell our story to the strangers around us sharpens our wits as we retell the same story for their appreciation. And we are drawn into the present as we attend mindfully to changes the ripple across the land.
Sitting on a grubby train, it can be difficult, I admit, to be anything but disgusted. And the impulse to withdrawn into our shell is very strong. I do try to avoid the trains, I must be honest.
Would we then feel out of sorts, put upon and out of control?
Parts and relationships. Strangers and stories in gestures. Swirling activity and vistas suddenly appearing on the horizon.
Those are the powerful concepts that challenge the stories of us as hopeless bit-players in someone else’s romance.Leave a Comment
As I searched for well written articles on social system stratification – or to you and me, coordinating our organization with layers, I fell over this cool distinction of leadership tasks from Christo Nel.
These five levels of leadership are as relevant as they have ever been
Stratified social systems uses ‘techie’ language and so does the new age ‘complexity theory’. Lyrical language is more fun. Depends whether you are like to be impressed by techie or whether you like to have fun with words! Your choice!
Hmmm . . . I like big enough to live life to the full.Leave a Comment