Tuesday, 18 January 2011

a Moment for Wisdom…





Crisis can’t be solved by simply working harder.

Personal Wisdom:

Most of us are familiar with the saying that doing the same thing over and over, while expecting a different result, is a form of
insanity. Same thing with crisis…

Are there ways in your life that you could work less hard by working WISER? Ways that you could rely more on your relationships and perhaps less on your own individual initiative?

Societal Wisdom:

What societal crises must be solved by thinking WISER, not just working harder?

What systems and structures would better meet our global crises by an increased reliance on relationships instead of working harder?

a Moment with Sharif…

When I find or write these offerings, I have to turn around and APPLY the wisdom to myself! I often find myself in the “trap” that just a little more hard work will make everything pay off in the end. Sometimes it does, but more often than not, I wind up creating a much more refined crisis!

Crisis cannot be solved by working harder. Crisis CAN be resolved by working WISER. Working wiser means relying on relationships, not yourself and not your tools.

Reliance on relationships means that I can free myself from the ego trap that “I have the answer”. By sharing, by relating, we can come to see that we might not even
have the right question, let alone the answer.

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Today’s Quote: Charlie Johnston

Sharif Abdullah photo: Lisa Norton

All other photos by Sharif Abdullah, unless otherwise noted.

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