The Answer my Friend Is Blowin in the Wind

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The hiatus for writing the book is over. No, the book isn’t complete – it’s underway, and shifting slightly. The biggest challenge I have is not focusing my attention on what others will think of what I am writing. This is sometimes a subtle occurrence and sometimes very overt. Whatever its obviousness, it limits the creation and instead of a sunny day, I might end up with L.A. smog. Not the outcome I intended.  So, I am walking through all we have recorded to discard what doesn’t ring, and letting the rest show me how it’s best organized.

I have been missing daily heartful connection, so I said, time to get back to feeding my soul and connecting with you!

As I awoke this morning, I had the Bob Dylan song “Blowin’ in the Wind” in my virtual headset. I could hear Dylan’s raspy voice and haunting harmonica. I went to Itunes to listen to Dylan singing in his own voice, and I found so many layers of this song.

I was thinking of the great need to have answers to today’s challenges and I heard Dylan sing, “the answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind”. I was reminded that the answers to all great questions don’t come from my mind.  My mind is limited by what it knows and what I believe. Since that is only a fraction of all that is, why would I want to look there for my answers?

Where, then, do the true answers to questions great and small reside? I am not sure exactly of the answer to that. What I do know is that I can find the answer, without needing to know where it comes from or the details of how the process works.

Allowing answers to questions to show up without restraint, and as they are really needed, requires two qualities. The first is patience. I know how it is for me – I want what I want when I want it. The only problem with this is I’m not always ready to receive what I want when I want it. I can’t see all the consequences of receiving my answer now. Maybe it would better suit me to have it a bit later. So…patience.

The second quality is easy and hard. It’s easy because we are born with it. Every one of us is born with what we call an intuitive nature. We know there is more to the world than what we can see, hear, feel, touch and smell. We know that we get “gut feelings”. We know that when we don’t follow them, things don’t work out well.

Yet we ignore our inherent sense of knowing. Why? This is the hard part of the answer. Because we don’t trust what we can’t explain. So we let our logical sense, our limited world of the mind, override what is true.

Not the best way to find our way, so when you are faced with a question that you really want to know the answer to, you have to allow your intuition to be felt. You have to disregard that little voice that says, “but how do you really know?”.  It’s just the voice of the mind speaking, and it knows the truth.

Let me know what your experiences are.

Until later,

Thomas


Author: Thomas White

Over the past thirty-five years, Thomas White has created and led private and public organizations that initiated breakthroughs in areas as diverse as computer software, publishing, printing, market research, leadership development and organizational change. The common ingredients in his success are simple. He looked beyond the limitations that others believed and found real solutions to needs that business leaders have. He attracted the best talent to translate these innovative solutions into practical products and services that were of high value to customers. He created cultures where people love what they do, work at their best and produce extraordinary results. In addition to his role as a business leader, Thomas has been a pioneer and inventor of technologies in the computer-networking field. He is a patent holder for innovations in business process and workflow technology. As part of his passion for educating others about the interface of human and computer systems, he was the co-author of “New Tools for New Times, The Workflow Paradigm”. He has also written articles for numerous publications. In 2001, he turned his attention from leading companies to supporting leadership teams in creating organizations of excellence. After many years of being a part of the machine of change, Thomas recognized that business is the most powerful force in the world. It has a major impact on public policy and governments everywhere. It is a key influence on how we use our resources and sets an example of the values that shape communities from local to global. He formed the consulting firm of Profoundly Simple to be a guide for exemplary leaders - leaders who wisely uses the power they are entrusted with to serve their constituencies first and themselves second; leaders who know that it is good business to treat people with respect, honor the environment and act with impeccable integrity – leaders who inspire greatness in those around them and by doing so create great organizations that are notable examples of success. Feeling the itch to get back into the game again, Thomas joined with two long time friends, to start the C-Suite Network. This network of business leaders offers an online network, events, services, and insights to its 500,000 member community. In addition, the C-Suite Network produces and distributes television and radio content to an audience of over 5M per month

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