Living a larger life
How big is our footprint in this world and how often do we think about it? Each of us probably has a greater reach and impact that we realise – in our family and friendship groups, in our work relationships, in other communities we may belong to, but also in the random daily interactions with people we don’t know and ‘meet’ fleetingly.
The smile and greeting we share with someone we pass on our daily walk, for example, may lift their day, likewise the genuine personal inquiry we make into the well-being of a colleague and the attention we give to listening to their answer.
If we were to draw a map of the people we have connections with plus those that arise through happenstance we would see a much bigger web emerging than we thought possible.
And if, as leaders, we scale this up to our team’s or our organisation’s footprint we start to get a different perspective on the system we’re part of and a greater appreciation of the potential impact of our actions and behaviours. We start to become more conscious of the spread of the good or, indeed, damage that we can do and how we’re connected to the world.
So, here’s the question for all of us…are we truly living our larger life, conscious of our impact and our responsibility for that? Or are we moving ‘blindly’ from moment to moment, paying little attention to the effect we have?
This current crisis has brought into stark relief our interdependence on so many levels and it has presented us with a choice. To become conscious of the larger life of which we are a part and to play our part thoughtfully in it.
That means tending our relationships with all beings and things, and taking decisions and actions, however small, that contribute to building a better world for all. In doing so we’ll be living our own larger life as our awareness of our interconnected planet expands and elevates our actions for good.