compassion, collaboration & cooperation iN transistion
... and ponder
in her masterpiece "TIME TO THINK - LISTENING TO IGNITE THE HUMAN MIND" -
where she absolutely defines the concept of "lead by example from the top" by saying ...
It is unusual, if not oxymoronic, for global icons to help people think for themselves.When it does occur, something simple and profound happens inside us. And something real and grounding, something surprisingly un-iconish, happens in them as well. It is important to notice this when it takes place and to appreciate it. A year now after her death, I want to pay Diana, Princess of Wales, that tribute.
I believe that her 'particular magic' was that she was able, without having ever been trained, to create in an instant a Thinking Environment for people.
Onmany occassions I watched her give unfailingly the highest-calibre attention to people. I watched her look into their eyes, bend one knee slightly, rest her arms easily in front of her, relax and listen as if they were the only person in the world at that moment. Often she had literally only a moment, but in a split second, because of the quality of her attention, she disarmed feelings of nervousness and assumptions
of inferiority and allowed people to remember that they matter.
I recall the way she entered a room filled with people. Her only thought seemed to be to make a real connection with each of them as soon as possible.She immediately moved close, not waiting for people to be brought to her. She was interested in them. She wanted to know what they thought and how they felt. She could transform a crowd of nerves into laughter and ease just with the way she asked and listened. Her focus was on them, not on herself.
She virtually leapt from the car that waytoo. Almost, it seemed, before the wheels had stopped, she was reaching with her hand and her eyes and her interest to the person greeting her, creating for them a moment, in the midst of royal protocol, to be themselves. I watched people become more and more articulate in the light of her real and respectful, unhurried attention. This, I believe, is what people miss.
People called it her love, as indeed it was; but in practical terms that love was her natural ability to create for each person an environment in which they could, even if for only a moment, think and speak for themselves. This is perhaps the most dignifying thing one person can do for another. It can be done without designer clothes, without a model's face and figure, without, as she proved, a royal title.
In memoriam I thank the Princess for this. She modelled this calibre of attention, individual to individual, as the world watched. For the world that quality of attention was startling. For her it was just the way life was.
I would like to think that one day it can become that for us ALL ...
and in the context of the tearfully fond memories I have for my struggle
to master the Dutch language during our family's TIME living in Sittard NL ...
I say SO SHALL IT BE
THE degree of absence of thinking IS ...
THE arbiter of ultimate spiritual awareness
In the context of Ervin Laszlo's proposal that - "There is something new on the horizon -- a new kind of thinking. One that could solve the problem -- the entire complex conglomeration of challenges that makes our world unsustainable, intolerant, and prone to violence. This is not thinking out of the blue: It is thinking that has been around for thousands of years. What is new is that it's rediscovered -- of all things, at the cutting edge of the sciences. IT IS "Akasha think."
the Wonders of Life - for the scientific community to
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