To follow-up on my previous post, here another question:
What if we don’t want to communicate? What if we don’t want to hug those who want to hug us? Don’t. However, how are we to build a world of balance if we ignore what disturbs, offends, hurt, violate us? I don’t think we can. As compassionate leaders, we have a duty (to ourselves) to stay aware of all that is, especially the most disturbing.
So, how do we deal with this? I don’t know. I can’t come up with an answer that is valid for all, but for me, it’s about maintaining a sense of privacy within me, a place where I can be and where no-one will enter unless I decide to. It is a place of strength and self-worth that does not come from imposing myself on another and, at the same time, not allowing another to impose on me. Easier said than done, of course.
The girl at the end of this video – Mick Jenkins ft. BADBADNOTGOOD – “Drowning” (Official Music Video) – is a compassionate leader. Some powerful stuff.