Don’t Hide Your Light
July 25, 2020

 

A friend asked if she could give me a bit of feedback the other day. I’m always a bit wary of hearing ‘feedback’. In my experience ‘feedback’ is code for a ‘complaint’ or ‘unwanted advice’ – but I nodded and braced myself.

She then launched into her feedback and I smiled through gritted teeth, I feared my ego was in for a bruising. But my ego didn’t get bruised – here’s how the conversation went.

“That interview with Dicken Bettinger was gold-dust.” She was referring to last week’s podcast interview. That didn’t sound like feedback, that sounded like a compliment. However she wasn’t finished.

“But,” she continued “It was so hidden I only came across it by accident. There is gold dust in that interview, but you didn’t tell anyone about it. You shouldn’t make these things hard to find, they are a gift.”

She was right. The interview was extraordinary (you can listen here). Dicken Bettinger is a man that oozes charisma and presence. In the podcast we explored listening. Was it an art? Was it more of a state of being? Can you be taught how to listen?

I’ve listened to the interview twice myself, there are fresh things to be heard – he is an extraordinarily wise man.

She was also right that I hadn’t been upfront with people about the interview. I had added the interview link as a post-script. It was an afterthought. Rather than celebrating this real gem in the world I had made it hard for people to spot.

This is a very special interview. So if you haven’t heard it you can listen to it here. It’s just over 20 minutes long.

Hiding your light under a bushel
There is a lovely New Testament parable which explains that once you have lit your lamp – you do not then go and hide it under a bushel (a basket). Instead you put it ‘on the lamp stand’ for all to see.

Are you the kind of person who down-plays or hides your ideas? Maybe you create wonderful things and could be a catalyst of inspiring change but ultimately you hide away. Maybe like me you have a fear about being seen as a bragger if you speak too loudly.

Here’s the light I want to shine in the world
That conversation with my friend helped me see the importance of shining in the world. My work with the Wellbeing Listeners boils down to something very simple.

My ultimate wish, with everything I do, is that everyone in the world has a right to be deeply heard at a soul level.

That’s what the Wellbeing Listener project is all about and that’s the light I want to shine. When we listen to each other we are providing a portal into the ever-present awareness of connection.

What is the lamp that you want to share in the world?

Listen to Dicken’s Interview
So – listen to the interview with Dicken here – and let me know what you think. I’ve been told that listeners have ‘felt’ a sense of deep connection just by eaves-dropping on our conversation. This is what it is like to be connected at a soul level.

And if you want to learn more about becoming a listener in the world and giving another human being the opportunity of feeling connection – then let me know and I’ll support you in being a listening catalyst in your community. Just email me and we can have a conversation info@innercompassguide.com

 

 

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Liz Scott & Stu Newberry are trainers, coaches and speakers. They work with individuals and groups across the UK. They also help develop coaching cultures (founded on wellbeing) within schools and organisations.

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