What are you saying?
A Quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson:
“What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.”
I was reading up on some Quality news at work and an esteemed quality writer ended his article with this quote. I was really impacted by this.
In business, he outlines, the effect of a CEO or top manager working shoulder to shoulder on the factory floor with every level of employee to make the work better, faster, more efficient. He talked about the joy that these individuals bring to their workplace by showing their genuine and complete dedication to making work better.
I was touched by a CEO in this way back in my semi-conductor days. It was an experience I think about from time to time, and I wonder how many of us can apply this kind of behavior in our day to day lives.
Consider the enthusiasm, the time it takes, and whether most of us do the same. So many of us wander day to day in our lives, and leave so little or worth behind. Myself included.
I get up, I eat, I bathe, I perform various tasks of importance to the health and financial success of my family, but what have I “said.”
As I reflect on my days, I see it isn’t much that I actually value.
What can we do to change that when we are trying so hard just to keep our head above water?
I don’t know really.
I DO try to add my small little voice to the blogosphere, but I suspect my reach is so small it is almost inconsequential. I am working on that.
I try to teach my daughter to be kind. I teach her to take care of herself and enjoy music, art, creating fun from the things around us.
But what is it saying to her overall? I am not sure. I suppose I will never really know until she is older.
It just leaves me with the question, and so I pose it to you- what are you saying?