Finding kindred spirits.

"Beyond your performance, who are you? Maybe you can find a tender, vulnerable, good-hearted person—also boundless and vast—who is ready to see and be seen, someone who is ready to smile." -Edward Brown

We can't do our wild-heart work alone. We need kindred spirits, kindness, friendship. Thing is, we need to be friends with ourselves. First. Once we love our own perfect imperfection magic happens. Our own selfworth is no longer at stake. Kindred spirits everywhere. The colleague you have felt rebellious against? (Yes, that one.) Behind their performance as well you may accidentally find a tenderness, a good heart, someone ready to see and be seen.

We ask, how to change our culture? Right here. Seeing. Being seen. Kindred, kindness: The words are related. Folks get it. At least the ones for you, your team. We are infused with the same longings. We all carry a secret, us high performers seeking impact. Driven to find something. But we cannot ever find enough of what we don't really need. Because we need recognition, respect, the heart's safety first. Scary soft stuff for hard-core business. I know. But in the long run? Magic happens when we show up, boundless, vast, and finally...fearless. Nothing at stake. Sparkle eventually ignites.

credit: linda xu | unsplash

credit: linda xu | unsplash