Only when your inner state has conditions conducive for gardening will your exterior experience produce the flowers you long to behold.
If the vase is empty, you may want to start tilling the soil in your chest.
“Simple, not easy.”
This is a great note and a reminder for everything you could ever want to be, ever want to do, or ever want to have.
Few find it.
A few blocks from where I live there’s a refrigerator in one’s driveway.
Snaking out of the garage is an extension cord so the refrigerator has power.
Every morning one to three fresh flower arrangements from the yard of this property are placed in this refrigerator and an adjacent handwritten sign reads ‘Flowers $3.00 – Please return vases’.
I have never met the one who does this.
I’ve never seen them either.
But they have made it very clear who they are and what they’re about through their generous hands.
What will they say about us?
All of our lives are like refrigerators in driveways.
Hopefully, you’re picking flowers, arranging them in your unique flair and voice, and placing them in your front yard refrigerator for the world to enjoy.
Since 1990, Fred Kofman has designed and facilitated programs on leadership, personal mastery, team learning, organizational effectiveness and coaching for thousands of executives, and consultants worldwide.
His book, Conscious Business, has been translated to more than ten languages and received numerous awards. Conscious Business was recently named by Sheryl Sandberg in her New York Times interview as “the business book every executive should read” http://nyti.ms/Z1Kory (page 2).
After completing a Ph.D. in economics from Berkeley, California, Fred taught Management Accounting and Control Systems at the Sloan School of Management where in 1992 was named “Professor of the Year”. During his time at MIT, Fred worked alongside Peter Senge as a senior researcher at the Center for Organizational Learning.
His approach to leadership has little to do with the standard practices taught in business school and traditional books. Bringing together economics and business theory, communications and conflict resolution, family counseling and mindfulness meditation, Kofman argues in The Meaning Revolution that our most deep-seated, unspoken, and universal anxiety stems from our fear that our life is being wasted–that the end of life will overtake us when our song is still unsung.
After serving as VP of Executive Development for LinkedIn from 2013-2018, Fred has recently taken his work to Google where he is now an advisor for Leadership Development.
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