Monday, July 13, 2015


Poet and organisational thinker, David Whyte says “we are bound to disappoint each other”.  Infact, as humans “we are meant to disappoint each other”.   Without heart break whether in relationships or our vocation, we will never have the opportunity to move into a more open, larger possibility.

To talk of disappointment may be the proverbial understatement as eurozone leaders limp home after the marathon bailout talks in Brussels.  

Certainly nobody can claim not to be, regardless of the stance taken. 

Whyte reassures us “if you are not disappointed, you are not trying”.

And so well it seems they were trying...

The Ancient Greek aphorism “know thyself” ‘seems to be particular apt here, where the link between individual and society has revealed itself on the eurozone stage.   The tension and pain played out in the collective, are but mirrors of the individual.  One’s own perspectives reinforced by those key disappointment ingredients of judgement and attachment.  Who could release themselves of their fixed identity, ego and self interest,  to actually create a new paradigm? 

And from eurozone leaders to ourselves...

How is disappointment showing up in you? And in your work?

What is it telling you about what you need to learn?  What do you need to surrender to, release, or confront, in order to create a better future?



Whyte, David, When the Heart Breaks, Sounds True - audio

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