The truth beneath your feet

I’m sure it’s just a suggestion in my mind but I’ve always sworn that I can feel when I’m home. The soft chalky soil of Dorset with the sharp hardness of flint woven through it seems to connect with me. The energy and history of my homeland rising up through the soil. I mean how many counties have their border designated a world heritage site?

This is the second blog inspired by a single podcast episode. The podcast concerned is “The one you feed” and focusses on personal development. In this episode I heard the quote “Fools seek from afar, the wise find truth beneath their feet”, now this makes sense for me in respect of my upbringing and the values instilled in me by my parents. Which is not to say my childhood was insular but more that it was rooted in age old truths and the rhythm of the seasons.

Last week I was reading various business and mental health articles, best practice, holocracy and patient care amongst them. Almost all of them seemed to be reaching out for an external solution, finding an answer in how another organisation had cracked a problem and trying to graft that solution on to their own situation. Now obviously working as a freelancer I guess I shouldn’t bite the hand that feeds me but I was concerned by this solely outward focus.  

In my experience most organisations have vast pools of untapped energy and innovation within them. Yes, sometimes they need an injection of fresh thinking but in the main those people would shine and deliver if they were trusted, resourced and encouraged. I wonder what would happen if we looked for the truth where we stand, inside our own organisation, inside ourselves……….


…… and yes this is a picture of where I’m from, I’m stood on an Iron Age fort, grounded.


About Jon Bartlett

I'm a coach, blogging on things that occur to me, that I want to share and any other fun stuff I find lying around in the real world.
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