If you wrote me a letter, to tell me who you are, would I recognize that person if we met?
If you were able to shadow me for a day, would you see the connection between my words and my acts?
Or do we play an internal game of chinese whispers? To me at least, what starts as a perfectly well-defined intention, might go through tiny alterations through my acts, and end up as something totally different.
Using my Ipad for instance. I grab it to get some information on a project I really want to do, I just check the news, then Facebook, then my mail…..you know. I would tell you that it is important to set goals and focus on them, my acts will tell you that what truly is important to me is checking out what my friends are doing. Or looking for antiques at eBay or catching up with the news.
Nothing wrong with that. As in chinese whispers, the word coming out at the end more often than not is a perfectly normal word, it is just totally unrelated to the initial one. How fun it is to hear everyone saying, “I thought you said” or “really, that’s not what I heard” .The surprise is fun when playing and disappointing when living.
In business language we call these surprises an emerging strategy. We may print our strategies on glossy paper and publish them on our webpages, they still are just words. Our true strategy is the one emerging from our choices, priorities and acts.
Happily there are times when our bodies are wiser than our minds, what we do is what we really should do, and will take us to a surprising goal we will be happy to reach. The emerging strategy might be the best possible way. How would we know?
Just now I am backtracking my internal whispers, trying to recognize the first whisper. What is truly important to me, will my acts take me there? Or do the innocent, perfectly normal, diversions take me somewhere else, perhaps the place I should be?
Solveig, your words never cease to cause a sharp intake of breath for me, and a re-appraisal. Today: “Our true strategy is the one emerging from our choices, priorities and acts.” Never a truer word: thank you, as always.
Thank you Kate! I need to write the things I need to be told and be reminded of.
Just now I am unintentionally slowed down though, I am longing to write but have a wretched internet connection, lots of interesting stories though ( in Sofia, Bulgaria)