The Importance of Togetherness...
Having seen and experienced my share of conflicts, I'm using this reflection as an opportunity to be grateful for feeling that we're all in this together. When one of us invents a better approach to life, it makes it easier for the rest of us to innovate.
I don't see business as being separate from our personal lives, but a compliment to it. I feel it's also beneficial to take the same approach when we look to provide service in this community in order to create a better world.
It takes a lot of self-honesty, and trusting relationships to look at the difference between innovation, and healthy competition, verses our own shadow side that wants nothing more than to take what others have so that we gain a sense of control, or a feeling of importance. My intention in leading a social enterprise is to know these parts of myself, find a better way, and do more for the next generation of leaders who will be able to learn this at a younger age than I have.
What I wrote in my previous post, about not feeling valued, that's a big part of coming here to a place that has a certain kind of poverty. Back home, I used to wish that someone would come along and help me learn how to buy a shop to set up my machines in, and say; 'Man, we need someone like you here, what can we do to support you?'.
It really struck me how invisible I felt, when I asked a long-term client what made them hire me, and they said; 'you just happened to be here...' I know it's not personal, if I look at my own life, I know that when I'm not reaching out, or seeing virtues in others, it's only because I feel like my own life is out of control, so it's fruitless to judge others.
Now that I'm writing it, I feel like the work I'm doing in changing my world-view is helping me to get swept off my feet, it's a world of difference to hear; 'huh, you'd be a handy guy to have around', and 'I have no idea about your skills, but who could I put you in touch with?'.