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Visit Points Beyond:

Nature Break

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Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.  ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

 

I look to nature for inspiration both personally and professionally. From that perspective I view organizations as living organisms with complex issues and unique cultural climates.

A green leaf, one of the most fragile and ephemeral of nature's creations, is also one of the most fundamental. Beneath a deceptive simplicity a leaf is a complex source of power for all life.

- from Leaves in Myth, Magic & Medicine by Alice Thoms Vitale

A single leaf, like an individual person, is also part of the interconnected web of life: Trees, forests... departments, companies, industries... families, communities, nations, etc.

As Thoreau observed: Leaves are of more various forms than the alphabets of all languages put together. I've selected an oak leaf to symbolize my work and purpose. Oak trees have long represented strength, courage and great potential for growth.

After all, that's the essence of leadership: releasing human potential through individual and organizational growth.

Every leaf a miracle. ~ Walt Whitman

A Leader's life is certainly no bed of roses.With thoughtful cultivation though, your team can flourish like this blossom that caught my eye in the Melbourne Botanic Gardens, Australia:

All of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon – instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.  ~ Dale Carnegie

A human being is part of the whole, called by us "universe", a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us.

Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature it its beauty... We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive. ~ Albert Einstein

 

 

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