I have been blessed to cross paths with many a wise sage. Those dear souls who are messengers of words to live by in what they say. I was reminded of two very influential professors recently. Two additional wise sages who significantly influenced my life-changing journey. It would take many a blog post to attempt to capture all that they taught me. For this blog I will simply say they increased my awareness of servant-leadership and humility. They fostered a call to action that the world needs more wise elders and by elders I am not referring to age. I am referring to those who offer a deep and profound knowledge that can teach humanity how to positively collaborate.
Do you believe that people are inherently good or do you differentiate? Are there some people that you are certain are “bad” in every way? What values do you have that influence how you see? This is not a question to indicate your values have a “wrong” or “right” in how you perceive. It is only asked to foster awareness that our values are very influencing.
So, too, are our histories, such as the happy – and the painful – memories. If we have felt an emotional pain from someone’s actions, having empathy for people who exhibit similar actions is not always easy. We can also be influenced by what we’ve been taught to believe. Some things can seem humerous or innocent, yet shape and perpetuate how we choose to think.
Perhaps you’ve heard the phrase that each snowflake is unique No two are the same as they fall from the sky gently. The phrase meant to encourage individuality and that in a landscape of snow that looks all the same, each person has something special for offering. Now perhaps for some of you that don’t like snow, you are reacting with vehement head shaking For others of you that enjoy dancing snowflakes, you may be nodding and smiling.
What if I now asked you what you “know” about dandelions that flourish after winter leaves For some, I can hear your words “an annoying ugly weed”! Do any of you think “beautiful yellow” and “a first sign of Spring”? Do any of you notice that no two dandelions are the same? Or because you don’t like them intruding on your green lawn, perhaps you are focused on how to eliminate.
A dear wise sage said to me as we engaged in dialogue about life’s ebbs and flows, we teach children what they don’t naturally know. Babies enter this life not knowing hate. They are taught how not to like and that survival sometimes means choosing paths that perpetuate. Paths that perpetuate addiction, brokenness, and lashing out to others in harmful ways.
Each of us students and each of us teachers with the people we meet. What are you learning and what do you teach? Is a dandelion a nuisance or Nature’s gift of beauty? What are you showing others when dandelions appear in a sea of yellow among your yard of green? Do you point them out in appreciation or do you remind others they are not good for anything?