The only calibration that counts

For today, just this from Ted Hughes, shown to me over the weekend:

“The only calibration that counts is how much heart people invest, how much they ignore their fears of being hurt or caught out or humiliated. And the only thing people regret is that they didn’t live boldly enough, that they didn’t invest enough heart, didn’t love enough. Nothing else really counts at all.”

This is our struggle. Our deep longing. Our fear. Our great hope.

Will we find a way of living life in its fullest form? Can we elevate even the most humble of our endeavours to acts of great heart and boldness?

It’s our responsibility, because bringing genuine heart to our work and life is what makes it most alive, most human, and most generous.

And it’s important to say all of this, because it’s the opposite of what most of us were taught – and what we still teach – in the way we organise our companies, professions, and careers.