This quote by the Dalai Lama really hit home for me. When I think of the state of the world, our humanity, and what is required to become an enlightened civilization, I see the need for all of us, especially leaders, to be peacemakers, healers, storytellers and builders.
In the USA there is such a cultural bias towards success and it’s measured in dollars and materialism. Our society demands proof of our value in the form of credentialing and status to be seen as worthy of a job, career or relationship. That may be fine and useful but woefully incomplete. We need artists and healers in organizations too. Coming into a balance of the creative and the intellectual, the heart and the mind, the sacred and secular is of utmost importance if we are going to move to a higher level of consciousness and create new systems in line with that evolutionary imperative.
How many times do we stop ourselves from taking on a challenge or transitioning to a life or work that is more in alignment with our essence because the little voice inside says that we are not qualified to do or be XYZ. What are the credentials for healers, peacemakers, storytellers, lovers and restorers? We are all credentialed and qualified, we all have the capacity to act in in these ways and indeed we must. Embrace these qualities, add them to your personal resume. I agree with the Dalai Lama. We need you and we need you now.