A Learning Light Knows Less For Sure
This week I had a hard time thinking about what to write about. Thinking about things I know, things I still need to learn, things I understand, and things I need to hear to understand better.
A few ideas were swarming around in my head this week and it came to me on Thursday as I sat at the airport watching people walk by before catching my flight to South Dakota for a conference.
During the week I realized there will always be so much more I need to know and the moment I think I know it all will be when I have given up on my ability to develop the leadership capacity of myself as well as others.
Five to seven seconds transpired as each person passed by me and I found myself creating stories for each person. I questioned what do they know that I don’t know? What could we learn together by actually sitting and listening to one another?
I travel to new places and familiar ones quite frequently. Each time there is something new I learn and something I find out I need to learn more about.
I am thankful for all of the learning moments I have been afforded and the moments to hear from others sharing their life stories as they open up about individual life experiences.
It’s a long journey learning to choose active listening.
From the smallest to the largest of moments.
If it was the man I spoke to working in the airport parking garage to the two women I held the elevator for to the passenger on the opposite isle that informed me of the best roads to take in case the roads were still flooded in South Dakota.
We learn so much in a moment and we can be awaken to what we didn’t know and what we need to know more about.
We must be careful trusting our own knowledge some days and be cautious of moments where we believe we know it all.
What else do I need to learn?
What responsibility do I need to take with my learning?
How can I actively listen to someone I typically wouldn’t listen too?
If...I see more. listen more, learn more.,,
I find I need to know more.
“The more I see, the less I know for sure.”
- John Lennon