Today happens to be India’s Republic Day; a celebration dating from a momentous day in 1950 when the great country turned into a republic and a new constitution came into play.
The weather is mild this morning and there is hint of a drizzle – nature seems to be enjoying the moment as well. Congratulatory messages are pouring in from all quarters with Indians all over the world sharing wishes and smiles in honour of the valiant efforts of their countrymen several decades ago.
As I type this message, I wonder – what is it that we could wish for our country on such a pivotal day – what is the one thing that we need most of all – as a person, as a partner, as a society and as a country in a connected world?
The answer seems to be present in this little tome I hold in my hand. What we need is “TRUST” – trust in ourselves, trust in the relationships we hold with our family, friends & colleagues, trust in our fellowman to create a wonderful society at large, and trust in our ability to elect leaders who will lead our nation and the world to times of hope, prosperity, peace and longevity.
And sadly, its a fact that trust has been in short supply for a little while now – we brand our politicians and leaders corrupt, as a society (and as businessmen) our actions are often more selfish than selfless, as partners our behaviours are prompted more from the ego than the heart and as individuals we often fail to fulfil the commitments we make to ourselves. The result is a sense of being a “victim of destiny” with nowhere to go nor much to do.
But as Dylan so eloquently put it (Albeit in another sense!), ” the times they are a changing”. Iconic successes across the business, social and sporting world are firing our ambitions on a personal level, we are increasingly beginning to understand that how and who we spend our time with is more important than how much, our country (and the world) is getting richer and polio has been wiped out – and a never-before-seen dialogue and participation is fuelling our political scenario. We do seem to be in the throes of a change, and hope can be visibly felt in the air.
So, lets take a deep breath and affirm to build trust in everything we do – and with everyone we meet. And most importantly, let’s resolve to trust in ourselves too on this great occasion – for as Covey quotes brilliantly:
The difference between a high-trust and a low-trust relationship is palpable! Take communication. In a high-trust relationship, you can say the wrong thing, and people will still get your meaning. In a low-trust relationship, you can be very measured, even precise, and they’ll still misinterpret you.
(as always) sums it up brilliantly:
Technique and Technology are important, but adding trust is the issue of the decade
So here’s a toast to a more “trustful and trustworthy” 2014 and let me wish everyone a happy republic day.