Everything Matters

Manual Lima, in his TED Talk, A Visual History of Human Knowledge, concludes his presentation with a quote from Bruce Mau’s book, Massive Change“When everything is connected to everything else, for better or for worse, everything matters.”

Great leaders value the power of connectivity. The world suddenly becomes more than just the sum of individual parts. It is deepened and enriched through magical juxtaposition and complementation of people, objects, thoughts, and perspectives. Emma Restall Orr writes:

“The important element is the way in which all things are connected. Every thought and action sends shivers of energy into the world around us, which affects all creation. Perceiving the world as a web of connectedness helps us to overcome the feelings of separation that hold us back and cloud our vision. This connection with all life increases our sense of responsibility for every move, every attitude, allowing us to see clearly that each soul does indeed make a difference to the whole.”

Gather dots! Lots of them. Connect them in magical and wondrous ways. See the marvels that their inter-connectivity. May you come to better understand the deep wisdom of Mau’s words:  “When everything is connected to everything else, … everything matters.” Remember Henry David Thoreau’s counsel on what matters: “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” See the best in everyone and everything. There is greatness to be found in deeply knowing that everything matters.

Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!

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4 Responses to Everything Matters

  1. Jack Beach says:

    One of the leadership competencies we articulated for not only IBM’s senior executives but all IBMers was to “act with a systemic perspective.” It asserted that IBMers needed to be systems thinkers and take a systemic view. That view in turn, would allow then to frame problems properly and to take the right actions in the right way at the right time. It also enabled them anticipate the impact of their actions on others. Knowing all this, they would be able to act wisely while boldly taking the right risks.

  2. Laura Seplaki says:

    One of my strengths is “connectedness”. I truly believe that everything happens for a reason, and its a strength that I embrace. Its helped me to have a better perspective on the challenges and obstacles that have come my way in life, and rather than get upset, I am more accepting and willing to learn. I find I’m more at peace with what is versus what was or wasn’t. I also have to make sure, however, that it doesn’t keep me from pushing forward and advocating for my goals and dreams!

  3. Sue Maddeaux says:

    Thank you for the inspiration of this post. It is an area I am exploring for my writing and public speaking project rising from the Ted talk and May quote you referred to at the beginning.
    I love the global connection of our new society.

    • Sue,

      Hello, my dear friend. Thank you for your kind and generous words. They mean a lot. It is all about people as you know. Yes, everything matters.

      I love you thought: “I love the connection of our new society.” It is so very wonderful. Please take care. Have a beautiful and wondrous day!!!

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