On this 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day, we are moved to remember. Each in our own way. Each with our own stories. Each with our own past. What we know is that somewhere in all of the fighting was a desire for peace and calm for our families and future generations. And as we now stand here on November 11, 2018, the world is changing so rapidly that we struggle to feel this desired peace and calm.
This morning, I think about a speech that my daughter presented earlier this year entitled ‘In Their Eyes’. A speech about our perspectives and how we all believe that we are right. We feel the need to fight for our beliefs. The challenge to each of us is to learn how to expand our perspectives so that rather than needing to fight for what we believe to be true, we can have better conversations and make better choices. When we embrace that each of us reacts based on our culture, our past experiences and our desires for our future, we can begin the work of healing and development.
I am reading ‘Fascism‘ (Madeleine Albright, 2018) and the insights are powerful. The book paints a picture of leaders who arise to meet people where they are in the moment – people with a desire to feel safe. The option exercised is to select a leader who will take control and enforce boundaries – leaders who offer ‘protection’. The promise relies on reactive, closed and exclusive policies.
So how do we move forward? We need to continue to embrace the power of our spirit. Logosynthesis®, developed by Dr. Willem Lammers, offers a beautifully compassionate philosophy and a simple yet powerful technique for healing our past and unlocking leadership potential. When we learn to resolve the triggers to our own reactions, we are better able to support our community. We all benefit, whether we are a national leader promising protection, a parent or teacher raising our next generation of leaders or a voting citizen who aspires to succeed in this world. Rather than fighting hard to fix situations for others, our task is to do our own work so that we can feel peace and calm – thereby creating space to trust and empower others to make better choices.
To create a world of peace and calm, the work must come from within each of us. It is a feeling. Cognitive thinking alone will not resolve the perceptions that continue to derail rational plans. The most important work each of us can do is to resolve our unique triggers to our reactions so that we can feel peace and calm. When we change our reactions to the world, our world changes.
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