What happens when we don’t listen
People don’t listen. Not even to themselves. Which is why so many of us spend so much time feeling trapped in cages of our own making. We fail to recognise what nourishes us. We fail to see the untapped qualities and gifts in ourselves that we have consigned to the scrapheap for so long. In doing so we lose sight of ourselves and what makes us truly unique and special. We end up in jobs and relationships that drain us rather than sustain us. This can be mentally, physically, emotionally or spiritually.
The curse of the modern treadwheel
Modern civilisation has put us on a treadwheel that is spinning faster and faster. We are now rotating round so fast that the thought of jumping off is terrifying. We are constantly chasing material goals – the next house, a new car, the latest outfit or gadget. But we are fast losing our grip on this wheel. The signs are all around us. We have the depletion of the Earth’s resources. Or the escalating rise in mental ill health. Add in the ever-widening gap between rich and poor, and the anger and frustration of so many sitting in day-to-day drudgery or poverty.
What’s really important?
It’s a strange drive we have, us humans. From the moment we turned from hunters to farmers our evolution has been shaped by a relentless urge to acquire more – be it land, money, possessions. But for what? When we finally lie down on our deathbed how much of this seems to matter or seem even remotely relevant? After all, you can’t take it with you. And the more you leave behind the more it descends into a bunfight between your descendants as to who gets what.
Think for a moment about famous people from history. Are they remembered for what they possessed? Or are they remembered for who they were and the gifts that they left behind for the rest of humanity?
What work could be like
The way a Listening Organisation is run helps to restore some balance to our lives. To slow up the treadwheel so that we have time to take stock of our lives and of ourselves. To offer us some precious moments when we can summon up the courage to see what makes us unique and special. And then to recognise what is unique and special in those around us. So we can then engage in work that is productive and meaningful for both ourselves and others. Which we know is the well-kept secret of the best performing organisations and those nominated as the best places to work. Where making even more money for a select few is not the only driver.
Because when we engage in work that is productive and meaningful we have less need to fill our lives with material clutter because we already feel nourished from within. We are less stressed, less anxious, and less in need of a pick-me-up be that through shopping, eating, drinking, or whatever else we normally use to get us through the day. We have better relationships and work brings us more benefits than just the salary cheque at the end of the month. So is it not time that you started to listen?