My posture is not good. I know I hunch and slouch too much when I sit. My feet don't seem to have the tenacity to stand still for long and I find myself leaning on things around me often. I'm truly comfortable only when I'm moving or when I'm asleep. I'm sure I have bad posture in both of those positions as well.
I skimmed past an article today that claimed you could tell who would win an election (among a small number of candidates I believe) simply by observing their posture. I don't doubt it. Politics today seems to be all about posturing. If you look like you are confident than you communicate competence. If your body language communicates superiority than you must be the better candidate.
Here's the problem I have with all that. I have worked under leaders who had wonderful posture and very little competence. They could tell people to work, but if push came to shove, they were unable to do any of the work themselves. They were worker-herders, nothing more. These kind of leaders appear in politics, education, business, churches, and all manner of community organizations. I guarantee you've met them. Chances are, we have been them sometime or another.
It takes a different kind of posture to listen. It takes a different kind of posture to show humble competence or graceful integrity. Not only do we not teach many of these virtues anymore, we no longer know what they even look like. Maybe that is a good place to start. What is your posture like?
Trying to hear the music in the din of many voices.
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