Today I read the following excerpt from “Hidden Treasure – uncovering the truth in your life story” by Gangaji and it resonated deeply with me …. spiritual growth is compared to the first flight of a baby eagle… often pushed out of the nest, falling into the unknown, unaware that it’s life is protected by its parent’s who are flying around it, the baby bird in desperation opens its wings and flaps for its life and thus sails off into the horizon.
“At the dawning of spiritual maturity, as in biological maturity, a push or even a shock is often necessary to provide the catalyst for essential growth. The birth of true knowing follows the death of the previously known. What was previously known may have been true in its time, but when finished becomes false knowing or ignorance.”
Growth is painful.
No one likes growing pains and very few people choose to undertake them willingly. In the corporate world, the self-starters and the self-motivators are far more likely to seek out positions that stretch them out of the comfort zone, but for the rest of the workforce it is usually the managers who need to do the pushing or prodding, the final push out of the nest to venture into unknown territories. And we have a whole host of management books promising to turn one into a GREAT manager, advises that range from common sense to downright bizarre ones too. Over time management mantra has changed, what was once true is now false. Theories are abundant on how best to manage workforce, how to improve moral, how to be more productive. I remember before it was all about how much one can multi-task, now its about how much you can concentrate on one thing at a time and do the job first time right.
Through out all of this, the one thing that remains true is that we are dealing with people here, each one is unique and each person responds in a different manner to the same stimulus, no 2 responses are ever the same because no two person uses the same point of reference to make sense of a situation. Ultimately this leaves us to make the decision – how to deal with each person that we come across. Each person and each experience can be enriching and for me it deposits itself in my reference bank from which I make withdrawals the next time I face a new situation.
As managers, to push someone out to make the first flight is therefore simply not enough, circle above, provide a helping hand as needed, maybe even be the wind beneath their wings until ‘they’ learn to fly by themselves. For some of the others – perhaps it’s time to recognize that just maybe they are simply not eagles, perhaps they are more like penguins… flightless but proficient in an entirely different skill set which does not mean they are less, just different.