With so much literature available
And with more blogs and videos than we will ever have enough time for
Its important to be keenly aware of what you are trying to achieve
When you logon to Youtube or TED
Or pick up that book to add to your library.
It is very possible to kid yourself into thinking
That merely consuming good material makes you a better contributor.
Books on human potential, leadership and development
Are not just for consumption and later regurgitation
To decorate our conversations that inevitably end with phrases like,
‘That was so deep.” or ”Powerful stuff.”
And often that’s where the story ends. It tickles our ears and we may even be moved.
For a moment.
And then on to the next one. Twelve books in a year and another set of great ideas
Sitting at the back our minds.
Words of wisdom are seeds that we need to plant, cultivate and nurture
Not collect and ‘quote’ and put on our t-shirts and Facebook statuses.
If we are not actually growing from all this stuff we read and watch,
Could it be that we are merely filling up our playlists and expanding our libraries
Yet not extending, by one inch, the tents of our souls?