The other night I was reading a book to my son, Dragon of the Red Dawn, and I came across this quote:
“Poetry helps concentrate the mind.”
The quote was written by Basho, a Japanese poet, almost 500 years ago. As an FYI, the book is one in a series of books about Jack and Annie and their travels via their magic tree house. My son, Maximiliano, really enjoys these books, and is able to explore wonderful events from our past without ever leaving his room. Anyway, the quote about poetry is powerful. I encourage you to ponder it for a moment, suspend your tendency to be the skeptic, or downright grown up, and imagine…what’s the poetry in your life and your work? Do you seek to cultivate a poetic experience in your daily lives? Building texture and meaning in how you lead your life? Inspiring others, both young and old, and availing yourself to be inspired by others, young and old?
We’re all so busy in our lives that we sometimes neglect the nurturing of our mind. We must give our mind a regular workout, like our bodies, to keep it sharp and poised. I always seek in the many opportunities I’m fortunate to have – speaking at a conference, presenting leadership training, talking with a leader – to help moisten their mind by helping them think and do things differently and do different things. Our minds, like our bodies, will suffer atrophy if we’re not vigilant in feeding them stimulating thoughts and allowing them to wander and wonder. Let’s continue our journey in getting better all the time.