In some ways as 2013 begins I feel poised on the brink of change more than any other. As my last blog described it feels like a time to leave the cancer experience more firmly in the past. Yes! I say this in the knowledge that life with cancer can aye have twists and turns but it's a milestone none the less.
I start a new career building on the
things that I believe I am best at, make the difference I believe in and
bring me joy. And that's a few short weeks away now. The excitement
sits alongside some fear and yes sadness too for those I will miss from
my role in Breakthrough. But ( perhaps this is a sophisticated form of
denial...) I know I will always feel a connection to the cause and its
people ,as well as the organisation I set up here in Scotland. It will
ever be in my heart because of my complex attachment so it's not
goodbye, it's just a different engagement.
As I describe the
areas I want to focus on in the future, I know they are interconnected.
But it's been hard to articulate that neatly. My passion to improve
health and well being for people and communities is also linked to
enabling authentic leadership and healthy and effective organisations. I
doubt that one word can capture the complexity of all of that, but
there's one word I keep coming back to. It's heartfulness. You will have
seen mention of it in earlier blogs perhaps. The word keeps resonating
with me and I am keen to explore what that means in my work and those I
In the context of Global, European and UK economic
uncertainty there are enormous challenges for those who lead in private,
public or third sector organisations. Inspiring quality performance and
development needs creative and engaged leaders, with deep knowledge of
their craft and who understand the value of their best resource, their
people. I believe to be effective that needs to be done with hearts and
In particular here in Scotland we have a time of
significant change. The referendum on an independent Scotland
approaches, seen by some as a natural and exciting next step and by
others as a complete abhorrence. With many in between unsure, part
exited, part fearful but with no real sense of what the future would
look like. And in spite of calls for a positive discussion just this
week, that does seem to be illusive. My interest is in helping to shape
a view of what a positive Scotland would look like. Whatever the
outcome at a referendum, the world as we know it here ,will be changed.
The one I want to see, whatever its political hue, is a heartful one.
Not naïve about it's challenges but seeks the solutions to them through a
heartful lens. So what would that look like? That's the question I want
If you look at the meaning of Heartful, it's both
complex and simple. The complexity includes integrity, honesty, self
knowledge, being kind to yourself and others, a true generosity and
caring for the welfare of others: compassion in action. At its simplest
its about love and connection to others and something greater than
yourself. So what would that mean for individuals, communities,
organisations and even nations?
Change, as always , starts with
each of us. So today's question is what would a heartful 2013 look like
for you in your life and work. What could make your life more heartful? I
would love to hear your thoughts on this. Drop me an email, tweet me or
post a comment on my blog.
I have had a "reasons to be cheerful
" section in my blog to date but my plan is to make it reasons to be
Heartful. But as its the first blog in January I want to describe my one
resolution this year. It's to enjoy the adventure I am about to embark
on and find joy in life everyday. There I've said it!
Reasons to be Heartful.
it's Scotland and its New Year so i have turned to our national bard,
Robert Burns. His poem A Mans A Man for A' That is a personal favourite.
I leave you with the last verse ( or listen to the link here recorded
for the opening of the Scottish parliament) and my best wishes for a
happy, healthy and heartful 2013.
"Then let us pray that come it may,
(As come it will for a' that,)
That Sense and Worth, o'er a' the earth,
Shall bear the gree, an' a' that.
For a' that, an' a' that,
It's coming yet for a' that,
That Man to Man, the world o'er,
Shall brothers be for a' that."