You may be in a position to give instructions. Many people may think that you are a director. These two attributes alone of giving instructions or even directing may not be enough to qualify you as a leader. Many leaders stagnate under this assumption that they are enough. There are times when the other people in your team or even your followers think that you do not have all the wisdom. It is here that introspection is warranted. Maybe at this time, the other people are correct.
It is not easy to agree that I am not enough. Do not be in a deception. There may have been a time when your information and intelligence was adequate, but that time has surpassed you. Did you limit yourself into a time warp? All your associates and partners have matured. In contrast you could have stagnated. This is a reason that as time passed by, the others assess you as inadequate.
Even if things were working in your favor, yet it may not be just you, just you only as the cause of events. But in the ignorance you are blind to the other components and factors that work in tandem with your intentions. So the question is justified. Are you really enough? Or should you need many other factors to work alongside?
Wisdom is to know the time when you have outlived your utility. There is always enough scope for you to enhance your wisdom. You have to decide to keep learning, to keep partnering, to continue to be in association with other people. All of humanity is a legion of trainers and learners.
I happened to be in a seminar in Kerala state. It was organized by the tourism department of the Govt. of Kerala. I listened to a speaker. He was Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. I noted the content. At one time, he spoke about the importance of using Kerala rice as an integral part of lunch; here he specified it as the red rice that used to be prevalent in all Kerala homes. Though he spoke a few more lines qualifying the red rice, yet I de-focused. I found it of no significance for an audience of tourism lessons. Now, that is two years later, I am diagnosed as having sugar fluctuations. I look for healthy eating habits or else I could easily feel fatigue. A fortnight back I stumbled upon an all vegetarian restaurant called Sanjeevanam; this is in Koramangala in Bangalore. Red rice was a prominent feature in their lunch buffet. I had sumptuous quantity of this red rice for lunch. Next day I experienced a boost in my energy levels. My metabolism levels showed marked increase. Digestion was easy and overall wellness was enhanced. The chronic researcher that I am, I made my way to Sanjeevanam once again. I could link my wellness directly to the use of red rice. Today after two weeks I find my levels of metabolism arriving near sustainable and a stable level. I have purchased many kilos of red rice from Sanjeevanam to cook at my home.
I nostalgically remembered the talk of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar two years ago. It is no miracle. But obviously something about diet was visible to him as much as it was blind to me. I am not enough to decide the correct things for me to do. Two years ago the advice on red rice did not strike as of any relevance. It did look a little out of context at that time. But then, that was assessment of a narrowed and myopic view. Also, it was of a short-term understanding of my health situation. How could I have ever known that a long-term consideration might have incorporated a dietary restraint as in favor of red rice?
Here is a point to ponder. The leader that Sri Sri is had two qualifications.
1. A short-term view together with long-term possibilities.
2. Visibility of things that perhaps are a blind spot to the other listeners.
I have discovered that red rice is any time a better option to polished white rice. The red rice has much fiber, roughage and minerals. I may have missed out on this education, if I was adamant to believe that I am enough to make decisions for me. It is important to have very critical people in home. They will tell you that your reach has waned and influence has reduced because of your rigidity on a leader identity. Hasn’t the time come for you to be flexible? It is a great opportunity if you can blend so that you can learn from other people too. Can you encourage people at home to give you critical reactions about your stubbornness? They may shock you; you will realize first hand that you just are not enough anymore, because these people who give you feedback are there at your home.
Wisdom is to know the time when you have outlived your utility. Keenness of alertness will give you the needed cue. There is no need for despair or anguish. There is always enough scope for you to enhance your wisdom. You have to decide to keep learning, to keep partnering, to continue to be in association with other people. All of humanity is a legion of trainers and learners.
All of humanity can evolve together. Or else you are just not enough in an individual capacity. So at specific times give freedom to the environment to direct you, to allow other people to train you. Together there will be adequacy. Your completeness is your ability to blend and to merge. This will bestow upon you that you are an outstanding personality. The question remains, when can you become enough and adequate as an individual?
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