Welcome to the inaugural blog for transform. Thank you for showing up! Without you, the blog is a monologue. Your presence makes all the difference. A blog creates a conversation that a website doesn’t. A website is essentially an online brochure, one way communication. A blog is two way. Both parties listen (read) and speak (write). A good blog, like good communication hinges on quality listening and speaking. Listening is central to the transform. approach. If you join the conversation, we’ll create dynamic a blog together.
I have listened through writing since the seventh grade. I write daily, pen on paper, very still and quiet, so that I can listen to life. I sift through all of it, evaluate the voices, make sense of things and pull out the lessons. I have five large storage containers of journals, none have been tossed. Reading one is a walk back through former feelings, observations, and lessons. When I do that, I may laugh, cry or smile as memories come back into view. It is a ritual of noticing and celebrating the gifts of growth…endurance, wisdom and strength. As part of my daily routine, writing provides space and time to listen and to learn what I need to do next and helps me to gain strength and clarity for the day.
As a consultant, I listen to organizations and communities with the same kind of reverence and desire that I invest in my own journal practice. I listen in order to notice, to gain clarity, understand the total situation, and to identify the tensions that will give way to growth and change if we have the courage to act.
I close with the words of Robert K. Greenleaf, who wrote in his seminal essay, The Servant as Leader (1970): "Only a true natural servant automatically responds to any problem by listening first." May we all grow in our capacity to listen and to hold steady, even in silence, to allow wisdom to emerge.