A child may ask, “What is the world’s story about?” And a grown man or woman may wonder, “What way will the world go? How does it end and, while we’re at it, what’s the story about?” I believe that there is one story in the world, and only one, that has frightened and inspired us, so that we live in an endless serial of continuing thought and wonder. Humans are caught — in their lives, in their thoughts, in their hungers and ambitions, in their avarice and cruelty, and in their kindness and generosity too — in a net of good and evil. I think this is the only story we have and that it occurs on all levels of feeling and intelligence. Virtue and vice were warp and woof of our first consciousness, and they will be the fabric of our last, and this despite any changes we may impose on field and river and mountain, on economy and manners. There is no other story. A person after they have brushed off the dust and chips of their life, will have left only the hard, clean questions: Was it good or was it evil? Have I done well — or ill?
What is Corporate SpiritualityIn an attempt to wonder and explore our possibilities in life, we work. We sometimes forget why, we even blame the work for how we feel. Often we try to change the unchangeable and waste an unforgivable amount of precious time debating it. The person whose expectations match the experience of life will feel validated, empowered and vindicated in their exploration of it. However, the other side of this coin is that the person whose expectations are not matched by reality, by their boss, by their workspace and therefore home life will, inevitably argue they are lost, become insecure and either be distracted by self obsessive focus or, in an ironic opposite, become obsessed with changing others. Neither of which reconciles the source of the issue: their expectations. If I am to work, and produce something, be part of a group with common interests in achievement of a goal or two, then it would seem reasonable that our expectations of what is good and bad are in the same ballpark. But all too often the term diversity is spread to include polar opposites of our expectations and in doing so, we are asked to collude to a common end in which someone must go against their better judgement. Fixing this quarrel and unproductive dynamic, is where inspired spirituality can provide the environment for exploration – inspired corporate culture. What must be seen here is the radical difference between engagement at a moral or ethical level and the mission of spirituality. Corporate Values must stand for what it truly represents in the code of behaviour and this is a separate topic, one that is not driven by spirituality. Spirituality simply asks you “what are your expectations of normal?” Nature provides the perfect platform for this exploration because it is non denominational and therefore does not cross into the territory each individual might assert as their personal morality. In this way we clearly acknowledge that nature based spirituality and religion are two separate topics and serve two different purposes.
Give me a moment in nature with a stressed exec I will show them the way to find the path again. Getting more done in less time will become their new mantra. Chris Walker