Imagine walking through a park and seeing the roof of a shed covered in green mossy life. Would you take time to notice and feel a sense of awe and reverence?
This quote by the intellectual statesman and scientist Henry A. Wallace demonstrates that he felt that discovery and understanding the vastness of life was important.
The ability to understand life in all its varied manifestations is the supreme criterion of man.
Do you think taking time to notice and to better understand life can make a difference? If so, how?
The Seeds of Civility is a blog that is created by The Wallace Centers of Iowa. We cultivate conversations about leading (and developing emerging leaders) with civility.
Following along and learning from Kate Nasser’s weekly twitter chat has proved to be insightful. This is the third post based on learnings from the chat. The first week was about optimism and diligence and the second week was about silence.
So far, all the topics related to people skills connect to the concept of civility because it is the small actions and the skillfully applied behaviors we take as individuals that lead to respect for others. We don’t have to wait for respect to give respect. According the author P.M. Forni, we can choose civility.
This week, rather than list all ten questions, the focus here will be on Question 8
Are people more likely to appreciate others like them or different from them? Why?
A few comments to ponder….
Henry A. Wallace spoke about needing differences, or in his words, “all kinds.” While it is easiest to appreciate what we know, a deeper and compassionate look at others can lead to appreciation, respect and better outcomes. For those that decide to appreciate others, you become a seed in the process of creating a more civil workplace.
Seeds of Civility is a blog that is created by The Wallace Centers of Iowa. Here we cultivate conversations about civility in the workplace.