Enlightened Leadership and Healthcare Reform
I got involved (slightly) in a discussion on a LinkedIn Group this last week about Healthcare reform. Yesterday I wrote a blog – I didn’t post it. I worked my way through my feelings AND what my heart wants this morning. My feelings are mine. I own them. No one else can make me feel those feelings. I know that. In the interest of full disclosure, I will tell you that for several days the conversation made me want to roll my eyes back in my head, and then head for the bathroom to puke. A couple of my shadow selves (for those of you familiar with Deepak Chopra, Debbie Ford, and Marianne Williamson), Righteous Rhonda and Judge Judy, were intent on having the last word.
This morning I asked my inner self what it wanted. And the response was clear – Go back to your personal mission, your purpose for being here. So, here we go. My mission is to inspire, encourage and support divine leadership and a sense of connectedness in everyone I meet. How does that play out in my response to the discussion?
First of all, let me provide a very brief synopsis of a very long print out of comments. The just of the conversation was that these eight gentlemen believe that the healthcare reform will cause a bloody revolution, leading to states succeeding from the nation. Some of them stated that Obama and the Democrats have a strong agenda to turn us into a socialist nation, and that all people who profess to be liberal in their thinking are snakes and communists. One would like McCarthyism to return to power so we can weed out all the liberal communists, and badger our Supreme Court justices. Out of fairness, they also made some solid comments about not wanting government to take over responsibility for monitoring our ability to make decisions about our health risk, healthcare, and how we might pay for it.
So, now you know something about what set me off. I’d like to tie this back to what I’ve talked about before in any number of columns in my blog by sharing what I discerned from the discussion:
- Most of what I was reading was not based on fact, but on misperception and flights of fancy.
- Almost all of these gentlemen were living strongly in the past, quoting things that happened throughout history, and wanting to relive those times.
- All of them were experiencing angst about the future.
- Many of them had little love for their fellow man.
- Even though they were sitting in positions of leadership, I was unable to discern how they were utilizing their personal power to facilitate change other than to vent their own personal truths based upon my previous observations.
In another discussion this morning, a gentleman said that the “institutions we have created are no longer capable of bringing us into the future we created them for… They are functioning beyond human control and value life only for the purpose of making money… Employees are rewarded solely for their ability to contribute to the bottom line… Our media, schools and politics have been inundated with this type of thinking.” Others went on to say “we need to change those institutions from the inside out by helping them get in touch with who they are and to become humane”. These thoughts apply not only to our institutions, but to the people who run them and work in them.
The Dali Lama has said, and I’m paraphrasing, that while he recognizes that his view may be biased because of the times in which he grew up, he believes that the gap between the rich and the poor is too great. Even the gap between the corporate heads and their employees is too great. Genuine friendship and mutual trust is difficult if not impossible in those kinds of situations. A spiritual perspective on how the rich should share their wealth rather than hoard it or live a lavish lifestyle is the most positive concept. Education is desperately needed so that the poor “know how to fish” rather than handing them their food. This charity should not be government mandated, but given from the heart.
I don’t believe that the Healthcare legislation was excellent legislation. I don’t believe that anything the Republicans had to offer was excellent legislation. There was too much politics involved, and not enough care taken to really look at the needs of EVERYONE in the nation, including the businesses that support healthcare. What I do believe is that if you put conscious and intentional minds to the task of developing workable legislation without the politics of earmarks, rhetoric and posturing, you will have created a mastermind effect that will yield better results than we have seen to date. And, I believe in servant leadership, where the leader cares deeply about the people, and the people (s)he serves.
Enlightened leadership, and the conscious connection with not only our citizens in the United States, but also those citizens of countries around the world, is what is needed now. Enlightened leaders know that all minds are needed, not just their mind, and that great ideas come from collectively pooling the best without concern for politics.
Where do we go from here? I don’t know. I certainly hope that as a people, we do what is in our hearts as opposed to our purse and that we do it consciously and with intention. For my part, I am sending my thoughts to the Obama team, and I will forward all comments to this blog that are reasoned, even if they are different from mine.
Georgia Feiste, owner of Collaborative Transitions Coaching, Inc., located in Lincoln, NE, is a life transitions coach, writer, and workshop facilitator. She specializes in career and personal life transitions for people seeking change in their life. Georgia is uniquely skilled in providing support and encouragement as her clients set intentional goals to attain their desires, holding open the space they need to stretch and grow. Her passion is success grounded in purpose and passion, standards of integrity and priorities in life. Her website is http://www.collaborativetransitions.com, where she blogs about business and career, and http://www.rainbowbridgecoach.com , where she and many other coaches blog about mind, body, spirit and emotion. Georgia can be reached at (402)304-1902.