Does this mean then your caught up in dancing to the music of another´s drum ? Or can you follow the tune of your own creating? Is what you choose really your own decision or just the push, influence from the outside?
I feel that we need to be inspired to reach our own individual greatness. It can come from an impulse to share. A desire to be creative and give. It can be a small flame inside us that wishes only to give light to our own dream to completing something, bringing an action to an end. Why should we as humans feel less because maybe what we want to do is in someone else's eyes silly or not "out there" for all to see. Often in sharing we ignite what simmers inside us and allow it to begin to glow.
Last night I had an evening out with my staff. Just a visit to the local Thai restaurant. A few hours together outside of our work environment, sharing what we think about the latest happenings in our lives. I have been doing this with my employees over the last twenty-five years of running my business. It is not something normal for those working in the gastronomy industry to take their "guys and girls" out and share privately what makes them tick. If you have a second job (they all have full time employment elsewhere) to earn extra money this I feel should be valued by me. It is the secret of having my staff work by us for over the past twenty-one years. They are giving up their own personal time to work hours that most would not want to undertake, so I can run my restaurant efficiently. They come to work motivated, jazzy dressed and inspired to provide the best possible evening for our guests. Even after they have put in an eight hour day at their office job!
I share in their dreams. I let them share in mine. Now due to family changes some staff are raising children of their own. They work now only for functions while I have a younger team which is just starting out on their life's path. To see how these young people feel about the society they live in, the values they hold and the dreams they strive to make a part of their reality is inspiring. They are the age I was as I came to Germany to begin my business. The age of my own children. Their drum beats a music of passion and need. What is so humbling for me is that they take time to listen and share. I actually feel we support one another in taking steps into murky waters, unknown lands. We profit from one another. We are not family but I actually am humbled they look towards me for inspiration. I see them taking on new work directions, study programs or travel plans because of what we have discussed during our working time and outside contact. I see in them hope for humanity. Due to their influence I have received inspiration to create for me, an unknown melody outside the known rhythms of my life's music so far.
We all make our own notes for our musical composition but the inspiration can come from a variety of directions. It is your own tune yet the beauty of it is that the notes are a product of layers of contact, sharing and inspiring from all whom you allow into your life. It makes the melody up lifting. It is what makes the beat of your drum so inciting.