“Don't speak unless you can improve on silence....“
I love this quote. I sought its origin but was not able to narrow it down. Perhaps a Spanish proverb, a New England proverb, a Buddhist saying, or a Calvin Coolidge quote.
Here’s another great one: "Do not seek the truth, only cease to cherish opinions." -- Sankara, a Buddhist monk
My brief topic for today is the space between.
Slight tangent: My husband and I have a running debate about whether the area between molecules in outer space is something or nothing. He says that it is nothing. That the molecules are spread apart. I say that the stuff between is something. It may not be a substance we currently recognize or measure but it can’t be nothing. My husband is a scientist and I think the current theories are on his side, but I just can’t wrap my arms around the space being nothing. My position comes from what I have seen operate in organizations.
What’s between your agenda items, meetings, and mind numbing routine tasks?
What’s between words?
What’s between process steps?
What’s between internal and external customers and their suppliers?
What’s between your thoughts?
Answer: The World.
Do you allow for space, or have you crammed the molecules together? If you knew the space was important and valuable, would you do things differently?
Observe, reflect upon, and cherish the spaces between.
One of the reasons I enjoy OD (organization development) work is that it acknowledges and spends time in the spaces between. An effective OD person can help you see new dimensions of the organization that would not be apparent by mapping its molecules. This is valuable because ideas, solutions, results, energy, and innovation often come from the spaces between.
How many dimensions are you allowing yourself to sense?