Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to the whisper which is heard by him alone.”
In the noisy and often confused world in which we live, it is easy to miss the whisper.
Your intuition, while not completely explainable, is based on years of experience and insight. Decisions should rarely be made based on intuition alone, but I find more often than not it is intuition–a form of the whisper–that gets discounted or ignored.
We live in a world of copies. While we often emulate others to learn our roles and professions, the tragedy is when emulation becomes a habit and we lose our uniqueness.
My friend Joe Calloway writes and talks about being “a category of one.” His concept couples uniqueness with what customers truly value; as I often say, it isn’t enough to be different if the customer doesn’t value the difference.
The focus during these especially trying times is on what we don’t want, or what we want to avoid. Keep listening for the whisper that is uniquely your’s, for it will remind you of things you didn’t even know you knew and keep you focused on your dreams and desires instead of your difficulties and dreads.
Thanks for the gentle reminder to remain focused on what I want instead of what I want to avoid. As I wait out a snow and ice storm here in Ohio it seems as though the entire day has been a gentle ‘whisper’ to the core of my being…a day of quiet reflection imposed by nature. I’ll carry this renewal back to the stage tomorrow and hopefully inspire others to take time to ‘hear’ for themselves. As always, you give clarity to my thoughts.
I think it’s always been hard — and necessary — to attend to that whisper you talk about. It seems harder than ever to do it these days, when the events around us and the media reporting on it shout so loud and in every corner of our lives. (War! Terrorism! Financial collapse! Environmental disaster! The end of civilization as we know it!) And precisely because of their stridency and persistence, listening to the whisper is all the more necessary.
And I think Matthew is on to something. It takes time to hear.
Thanks for the gentle reminder.