“The good and the wise lead quiet lives.”
—Euripides, tragedian of classical Athens
The subtitle of the book, Quiet, by Susan Cain is:
“The power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking.”
By no means am I suggesting that extroverts are not good or wise. I am, however, suggesting that because of their quietness, we often miss seeing the goodness and the wisdom in those who are more introverted.
Perhaps you are one of them.
Other resources, including the classic “Good to Great” by Jim Collins, describe the value and impact of the more quiet and humble Level 5 Leaders.
Where can you more fully appreciate and perhaps pursue a quieter life to experience even greater wisdom and goodness in your world?
“With wisdom comes the desire for simplicity.”
—Brendon Burchard, American Personal Development Trainer
In today’s fast-moving world, many people seem to be racing around their lives, looking for more. At the same time, others are slowing down a bit, and being more mindful of how their days are spent.
To which group do you belong?
If you examine your current communities, or even your wondrous memory bank of the things you’ve learned over the years, which individuals rank among the wisest? What did their life stories look like, as they pursued and reached this level of self-actualization?
A very consistent theme I’ve observed is their increased ability to focus, prioritize, eliminate distractions, and keep their worlds as simple as possible.
You are probably aware that the title of my book is The Quotable Coach: Daily Nuggets of Practical Wisdom. It is my belief that a quote is a condensed and simplified version of a profound thought.
How can you simplify your life, to more fully pursue greater wisdom for yourself?
Consider searching the over 1,600 quotes/nuggets of wisdom on The Quotable Coach website, using the category drop-down box in the right-hand sidebar.
“Make visible what, without you, might never have been seen.”
—Robert Bresson, 20th Century French Film Director
Today’s quote reminds me of “Our Deepest Fear” by Marianne Williamson in her work A Return to Love. It is often incorrectly attributed to Nelson Mandela.
I thought sharing these words in their entirety might stir something in you, even if you are familiar with this wisdom.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
Where and how will you generously, courageously, and visibly contribute your unique and special qualities and talents to the world?
“A point of view can be a dangerous luxury when substituted for insight and understanding.”
—Marshall McLuhan, 20th Century Canadian Professor
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Most people generally prefer order to chaos. We tend to like thing organized neatly, whether it be our closets, our files, and in the case of today’s quote, our minds.
When we take in information and experiences, we like to put them into neat piles based on previous knowledge. We categorize them by varying points of view on what is right or wrong, good or bad.
When you hear those around you – or maybe even yourself – saying, “I Know,” it often means they or you have stopped listening or closed their mind to alternative insights and perspectives.
With whom and on what issues have you developed a point of view that is holding you back in either your personal or professional communities?
“Fools live to regret their words, wise men to regret their silence.”
—Will Henry, 20th Century American Screenwriter
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Through the process of coaching, most people become far more aware and mindful of their thoughts, feelings, and emotions.
Too often, we see foolish individuals blurting out whatever comes to mind to make their point, exert power, diminish others, or just be “right” on whatever the subject.
Wise and perhaps more thoughtful individuals sometimes remain silent on matters of importance with the all-too-frequent statement, “I should have said something,” when their inner voices urged them to do so.
Where, when and on what subjects is speaking up or remaining silent the right and wise thing to do?
“Everyone shines, given the right lighting.”
—Susan Cain, Author of Quiet
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Genetics versus Environment.
Nature versus Nurture.
What do these factors have to do with how each of us turns out along our life journey?
As a coach passionate about growth and development, I do my best to keep the lights of knowledge and the beacons of wisdom prominent in my world. My intent is to shine my best in each of my communities, with the goal of contributing to those around in a meaningful way.
How and in what ways can you “amp up” the environmental voltage to illuminate yourself and those around you so that everyone’s inherent qualities and talents shine even brighter?
“Life’s tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.”
—Benjamin Franklin, American Statesman & Founding Father
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Benjamin Franklin lived an extraordinary life well into his 80’s. He considered each day precious in his personal growth efforts, and in his desire to contribute to the world.
Even so, he may have had regret, given today’s quote, that he did not realize even more of his potential.
How can you squeeze the most out of each day with a youthful spirit and the wisdom to pay your lessons and contributions forward?
“True wisdom lies in gathering the precious things out of each day as it goes by.”
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My wife Wendy’s “happy place” is the beach. She loves nothing more, except family and friends, than her time on a sandy ocean beach, looking for interesting and beautiful shells. Among her favorites are brightly colored or interestingly shaped mollusk shells, particularly if they are shaped like a heart or infinity symbol.
When she is not at the beach, she sets a wonderful example for me, my children, and others, by squeezing the most out of each precious day. It is not uncommon for her to alter the hours she sleeps, simply because she doesn’t want to miss any of the joy and sweetness life has to offer.
How and in what ways can you seek, discover, and savor more of the precious things around you to make more of each and every day?
“The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don’t go back to sleep.”
—Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī, 13th Century Persian Sunni Muslim poet
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I’ve been an early riser my entire life. Even as a child, I would wake early on Saturday mornings to watch cartoons. There were no video recorders or DVRs in the 60s!
These days, I consistently wake before dawn to get a quick start on my day through meditation and a multi-faceted exercise routine.
The noise level of the world is substantially lower in the early morning hours. I find the quiet supports greater creativity and the ability to listen to whispers of wisdom that are often drowned out by higher decibel levels during the day.
How might an “early to bed early to rise” strategy help you hear more valuable secrets of the dawn, to live a more full and happy life?