“I would like to go around and have each one of us, one at a time, and without questions or interruptions, tell us how you individually would like to be measured and what he concept of measurement means to you.”*
Listening for passion and commitment is the practice of the silent conductor when the players are sitting in the orchestra, in the managementment team, or on the nursery floor.**
(Roz and Ben Zander)
We say, there’s no place like home.
To be at home where we are and with what we do is to be valued above all else. To be at home in our own bodies, our own lives, is what we ultimately seek to be measured by.
In his blessing To Learn From Animal Being, John O’Donohue reflects on how other species live in our world and how this can be harder for us:
‘Stranded between time
Gone and time emerging,
We manage seldom
To be where we are:
Whereas they are always
Looking out from
The here and now.’^
Human consciousness leads us to many different things; we cannot tell each other what this must be, only help each other find it.
‘If [the teacher] is indeed wise he does not bid you enter the house of his wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind.’^^
So we each must find who we are and what it is we must do, and that to be our measurement. To know this measurement is to find the one universal measurement of love:
‘Love is not something you do; love is someone you are.’*^
I close with more of O’Donohue’s blessing for each of us.
‘May we learn to walk
Upon the earth
With all their confidence
And clear-eyed Stillness
So that our minds
might be baptised
In the name of the wind
And the light and the rain.’^
(*From Edgar Schein’s Humble Consulting.)
(**From Rosamund and Benjamin Zander’s The Art of Possibility.)
(^From John O’Donohue’s To Bless the Space Between Us: To Learn From Animal Being.)
(^^From Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet.)
(*^From Richard Rohr’s The Divine Dance.)