To be empty of preconceived ideas is good. “To taste my cup of water you must first empty your cup.” Said Bruce Lee. This philosophy is good to use when discussing ideas with another. There are many that want to say what their belief is, rather than be open to hear other ways of approach. The Onondaga people say; “The Creator gave you two ears and one mouth, so that you should listen twice as much as you should speak.” When someone says; “yes, but…” they are not listening but intent on telling you their idea, their concept. We should always be attentive to other people’s suggestions, flexible enough to possibly merge your belief with theirs. THIS CAN BE DONE WHEN OUR CUP IS EMPTY. When conversing with your colleague it will show collaboration if you say; “good idea, what if we do…”. It is not important, in collaboration, whose idea is the one that will bring results. The process is important, keeping your mind only on the process the desired result will appear. Your ego should not be activated within any collaboration; (ego theoretically should be “sleeping” within collaboration or alone). Here is where you EMPTY YOUR CUP.
Attention to another person’s thoughts, beliefs, feelings are such a gift (previous post). We must make that effort. The gift comes back to you in a multitude of ways. Breaking down silos, working and exchanging ideas, listening to other people’s concerns is essential to a healthy work environment. Taste someone else’s water, someone else’s pain…EMPTY YOUR CUP NOW.
Ron Winnegrad has been a Perfumer and teacher for 46 years. As a perfumer, Ron has been able to express the world he sees through a rainbow of olfactive and emotive visions. As a teacher, Ron has helped others to see fragrance through his own multi sensorial lens.