Quit while at the Top

Quit while at the Top

Lada Prkic shared a beautiful buzz about the Stiniva beach on the Croatian island of Vis. In a response to my comment Lada wroteΒ "Dear Ali, it sounds to me like an intriguing thought for a new buzz. :-) Hiking on a steep and narrow path is a metaphor for life.

Several years ago, we descended this very steep pathway. But the beauty of this place with its pearly white sandy beach has compensated for all the long and hard hiking down and climbing the very demanding goat trail."Β 


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The exchange of comments with Lada reminded me of Mamen Delgado and her two splendid interviews with Juan Imaz and Javier beBee. In her interview with Ian there are many great nuggets. One relevant one to this buzz is Juan saying ""Be humble, learn, change and grow". I am a firm believer that making changes will only happen if we are passionate about the idea of changing. To change is to grow. Not only changing ourselves, but also our direction in our walk of life for a purpose. This idea was elaborated in the interview with Javier in whom he said "And after growing very fast professionally at Oracle, and being named "Architect of Success", I said, Javier you need a change. And I started to look for options. Javier later revealed in the interview that the idea of beBee was that summer the idea of beBee was born during a meal he had with Juan.

At the peak of their both Juan and Javier decided to change and grow. They changed their direction and I asked myself is it better to do that while at the top of the mountain of our success, or better when we are in the trough of failure? Do we wait till we are nudged while on the peak down to the trough of failure? The complex landscape of our lives has many fitness curves with many tops. The landscape keeps changing and what is the fitness top today might not be tomorrow. We need to be alert to the emerging new tops and follow them.

Understanding the trees will not be enough to understand the forest. Trees talk to each other and form the largest earth internet with fungi.
Ali Anani, PhD

We need to walk the forest, observe, imagine, experiment and search for the intricate relations not only among trees, but also with their ecosystems. As we do so we discover new facts and we find the landscape of our emotions changing. Our hearts reach a bifurcation point- a junction with many branches or roads. Each direction will take us to a different destiny. So we are humans. We are not less complex than the terrain. Hiking on a steep and narrow path is a metaphor for life. Juan and Javier walked their lives into a new venture, new directions, new challenges and that explains why they are growing. They are broadening their path.

Life is not linear and by trying to make life linear we lose because we offend reality.
Ali Anani, PhD

beBee is a story of taking the steep path. It is there where opportunities are hiding and soon shall emerge. To be living is to be discovering and venturing.



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Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#39
This is a quite interesting comment Tausif Mundrawala. I always ask myself what makes me change direction. YOu offer one great reason "This pain leads us to change directions or if pain leads us to that direction than it becomes easy to chart our path towards success". Great inspiration

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#36
But you build layers of inspiration for me with your so supportive comments Jerry Fletcher. I feel the need to tie the loose ends and to converge great ideas from their diversion. I feel this is good way to understand intriguing topics.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#35
Thank you Yogesh Sukal. I am preparing a buzz and par of which will refer to waves.SO, I am rather surprised that you mentioned waves in your comment.

Jerry Fletcher

Jerry Fletcher

4 years ago #34

Ali, You are an inspiration. The way you build your posts layer on layer from the comments is a treasure to delve into. Thank you.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#33
If we look back n history and whom e call disabled achievements we shall be sorry for our modest contributions. The "Dean of Arab Literature" the Egyptian Dr. Taha Hussein became blind when he was only two years old. One of the greatest musicians who passed away three years back was also blind.As you say blind people can see what we fail to. When they are seeing we are blind. Mind you dear @CityVP Manjit these comments from you and few of Louise Smith will be the basis for my next buzz.

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

4 years ago #32

#32
Do not forget that there were New Testament words such as "they have eyes but they do not see, they have ears but they do not hear" - and that on any given day half of the Earth is in light and the other is in dark. A blind genius is someone whose eyeball does not function but in the black space that is blindness, the blind man is not blind when he can see greater things in life that we cannot see. In seeing the blind man as disabled we continue to see life as a square thing where we place people in boxes and need these compartments to categorize people and find comfort in this conformity, rather than be in the sphere of greatness we live in.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#30
Dear CityVP \ud83d\udc1d Manjit- keep writing and I keep my mind busy. If I tell you that I have three buzz ideas from your comments on this buzz I shal be understating reality. You wrote "All media is the creation of someone's vision but not all vision is media". Immediately, you brought to my mind a presentation that I wrote on Unequal Opposites. https://www.slideshare.net/hudali15/unequal-opposites Now, you provide me with a great example of what I mean. The eyeball has a ball shape regardless of the shape of the eye. I wonder if the focus of the eyeball is affected by its surrounding (eye shape) and what factors will affect the performance of the eyeball, besides its surrounding. Al I can say is that your comment leads me to the freedom of asking, wondering, searching and seeking knowledge. Your probing comment has turned my eyes into new possibilities.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#30
DEar CityVP \ud83d\udc1d Manjit- keep writing and I keep my mind busy. If I tell you that I have three buzz ideas from your comments on this buzz I shal be understating reality. You wrote "All media is the creation of someone's vision but not all vision is media". Immediately, you brought to my mind a presentation that I wrote on Unequal Opposites. https://www.slideshare.net/hudali15/unequal-opposites Now, you provide me with a great example of what I mean. The eyeball has a ball shape regardless of the shape of the eye. I wonder if the focus of the eyeball is affected by its surrounding (eye shape) and what factors will affect the performance of the eyeball, besides its surrounding. Al I can say is that your comment leads me to the freedom of asking, wondering, searching and seeking knowledge. Your probing comment has turned my eyes into new possibilities.

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

4 years ago #29

#25
Dear Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee, no matter what particular shape each of our eyes are, the eye is always a ball and that ball is either connected to the media it see's or the vision that feeds conscious existence. Our Earth is a ball there are no square planets only square rocks. We have certainly never found another Earth, never mind a Square One. This eye ball either feeds the brain of control which is our external existence or it feeds the brain of freedom which is our internal choice. For me this is profound as anything I can think, the measure of which is always the profoundness of thoughtless existence or simply thinking about life rather than creating value that is life. Somewhere along the journey vision becomes control, and that is the only sadness we see in our world, the happiness is our ability transform vision into a life that values freedom. All media is the creation of someone's vision but not all vision is media - vision is either based on all our yesterdays or it is the laser of now, etching a new future, new ways of thinking, smarter ways of being because freedom is our freedom to think, have vision, and add value to life. Great vision creates great media but it should never substitute greater vision - and that is the challenge called leadership. We can either lead for control or lead for freedom. The great leaders will create greater freedom because their brain is a ball, their eyes are ball and with in this ball the great game of life plays out just like a marriage - better or for worse, in sickness and in health.

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

4 years ago #28

#25
Dear Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee no matter what particular shape each of our eyes are, the eye is always a ball and that ball is either connected to the media it see's or the vision that feeds conscious existence. Our Earth is a ball there are no square planets only square rocks. We have certainly never found another Earth, never mind a Square One. This eye ball either feeds the brain of control which is our external existence or if feeds the brain of freedom which is our internal choice. For me this is profound as anything I can think, the measure of which is always the profoundness of thoughtless existence or simply thinking about life rather than creating value that is life. Somewhere along the journey vision becomes control, and that is the only sadness we see in our world, the happiness is our ability transform vision into a life that values freedom. All media is the creation of someone's vision but not all vision is media - vision is either based on all our yesterdays or it is the laser of now, etching a new future, new ways of thinking, smarter ways of being because freedom is our freedom to think, have vision, and add value to life. Great vision creates great media but it should never substitute greater vision - and that is the challenge called leadership. We can either lead for control or lead for freedom. The great leaders will create greater freedom because their brain is a ball, their eyes are ball and with in this ball the great game of life plays out just like a marriage - better or for worse, in sickness and in health.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#27
Dear Lada, don't worry at all. That you inspire me, comment and exchange minds with me is so much worthy and that is what is really important to me.

Lada 🏑 Prkic

Lada 🏑 Prkic

4 years ago #26

Dear Ali, I forgot to begin the first sentence of my comment with "Dear Ali."

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#24
In reality you are a co-author of this buzz Lada \ud83c\udfe1 Prkic and I therefore find it difficult to respond. However; I paused on this segment of your comment "But I've always remained true to my own course and never felt the need to change direction. I've always listened to my heart and my intuition". For me, I did superficially change direction, but now thinking about it I actually changed methods. Instead of using my scientific background to research chemical molecules I am now more into researching human molecules. I only realized this to a much brighter state because of your comment.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#23
If I claim that I don't feel sad because of the truth in your words CityVP \ud83d\udc1d Manjit then I shall be lying. "so the irony is that in this state we are not focused on spreading our branches and roots, we become merely object of the media owner". This is one example from your comment of what I mean. I find myself drifting in to a river because of your comment. You wrote "There are many people who are driftwood just being carried by the river of media". I am not in the river media. I am in a different river flowing with some new thoughts because of your superb comment. Again, you wrote "our round peg is the human eye and the square hole the media we fit that eye into,..." Now, I find myself asking how about people with eye shapes other than rounded? Some people have protruded eyes, others eyes that are upturned and others downturned eyes. Are these related to the shape of our mind eyes? Are those people with more rectangular-like eyes fit more in the square pig? Finally, Sara Jacobovici may find this part of your comment relevant to her buzzes on Monday Talks! You kindle my mind Manjit.

Lada 🏑 Prkic

Lada 🏑 Prkic

4 years ago #23

I'm so glad that my response to your comment has served as an inspiration for this thought-provoking post. It made me think about my path of life. I am on the same steep and narrow pathway I had chosen many years ago. The path went over many mountains and hills. It sometimes went through a dark woods. But I've always remained true to my own course and never felt the need to change direction. I've always listened to my heart and my intuition. There were some detours off the path that kept me moving forward when I encountered obstacles, but these detours brought me back to the same trail again. I respect the path of others. Some chose to take a new direction in their walk of life. But I think, and this is something life taught me, that we are still able to grow although keeping the same direction. However, never say never. We develop through the whole life. When we reach the top of one mountain, life takes us to another. I'm now standing at the top of the mountain of my success. Perhaps my heart will tell me it's time for a change and show me a different direction. :-)

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

4 years ago #22

#19
A round peg can fit a square hole but what we do not see is that our round peg is the human eye and the square hole the media we fit that eye into, whether it be a television screen or a always-on cell phone screen. This inevitably brings me back to the conditioned (if not mentally sedated) lives many commercialized lives lead. I am not excluded from living this branded and mediated existence and also partake in the very same conditioning, sometimes my round eyes are also transfixed into the square hole of media. What we learn from your buzz is that even tree's talk to the fungi because the tree is aware of its environment, which is exactly what we are not aware when our attention is focused on a square hole - a square hole that has a black hole kind of force and attraction. Yet even as I think this, I am aware that the brightness of the screen (which is actually a rectangle - so we use the word square as a metaphorical approximation) has a backdrop to it, which is the room. With a cellphone the backdrop is whatever environment we happen to be in when we are engaged on that screen. If we notice the backdrop and the screen as a window that supports our awareness, then we are legions smarter than any tree, otherwise we become a lump of dead wood. There are many people who are driftwood just being carried by the river of media and brand so the irony is that in this state we are not focused on spreading our branches and roots, we become merely object of the media owner. Tree's are not slaves, they are living contributors to the act of life giving yet we are the one's who are rooted. So the moral here for beBee is not to turn more people into wood but to focus on spreading the roots and branches so meaning and not media or even madness flow through them. Servant leadership is not a top-down model of the universe, servant leadership is a part of this tree of life.

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

4 years ago #21

#19
A round peg can fit a square hole but what we do not see is that our round beg is the human eye and the square hole the media we fit that eye into, whether it be a television screen or a always-on cell phone screen. This inevitably brings me back to the conditioned (if not mentally sedated) lives many of us lead. I am not excluded from living this branded and mediated existence and also partake in the very same conditioning, sometimes my round eyes are transfixed into the square hole of media. What we learn from your buzz is that even tree's talk to the fungi because the tree is aware of its environment, which is exactly what we are not aware when our attention is focused on a square hole - a square hole that has a black hole kind of force and attraction. Yet even as I think this, I am aware that the brightness of the screen (which is actually a rectangle - so we use the word square as a metaphorical approximation) has a backdrop to it, which is the room. With a cellphone the backdrop is whatever environment we happen to be in when we are engaged on that screen. If we notice the backdrop and the screen as a window that supports our awareness, then we are legions smarter than any tree, otherwise we become a lump of dead wood. There are many people who are driftwood just being carried by the river of media and brand so the irony is that in this state we are not focused on spreading our branches and roots, we become merely object of the media owner. Tree's are not slaves, they are living contributors to the act of life giving yet we are the one's who are rooted. So the moral here for beBee is not to turn more people into wood but to focus on spreading the roots and branches so meaning and not media or even madness flow through them. Servant leadership is not a top-down model of the universe, servant leadership is a part of this tree of life.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#20
Yes, walking the goat path enriches us with its challenges and the joy of surmounting them as well the gained experiences. I fully concur with you Harvey Lloyd. We can hover over the path, but walking it is what makes us more wise. The new products deprive us mostly of this joy as they take us on a helicopter trip.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

4 years ago #19

The goat path of life is difficult. We live in a world that wants us to believe that we can use various products and services that grant us instant gratification. Even with enough money this lifestyle is so unfulfilling. The difficulty of the goat path is where character is built and gratification becomes wisdom. With each branch of the path new wisdom and understanding is found along with a deep sense of joy. The one who rides the helicopter to the top of the mountain vs walking the path is a challenging branch. But i know the walk along the path will give me new beginnings i would never achieve within the helicopter. Although both people would bring home similar pictures of the event the one who walks the path will bring a rich and shareable experience.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#15
Very true and maybe we need to use upside down term more often CityVP \ud83d\udc1d Manjit. Sometimes we try to fit a "rounded " ball in a square pig in a round hole. The funny thing is that the opposite "square" ball in a rounded peg" is funny. How can a ball be square?

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#15
Very true and maybe we need to use upside down term more often CityVP \ud83d\udc1d Manjit. Somtimes we try to fit a "rounded " ball in a square pig in a round hole. The funny thing is that the opposite "square" ball in a rounded peg" is funny. How can a ball be rounded?

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#14
Thank you for your beautiful words Gert Scholtz, which made me feel I am walking in a forest.

Franci 🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador

Yes, Gert Scholtz, I love that sentence, as well. "Walking the forest, observe and imagine... sparks our creative senses and takes us away from the everyday hassles of life. Whether we take the shady path or the sunny path, we must be aware of the changing landscape as we continue our journey.

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

4 years ago #14

Are the people in Australia at the bottom of the world because we have a conception called North, or are they walking on the top side of the world and we are the one's walking upside down self-corrected by gravity? I ask this because I could determine that in my life I have been to the top but what happens when I notice that my life is upside down while everyone else I find at the top with me see top as being top. If I am truly true when I am the only one upside down, I will have discovered at that very point that what society judges as being top is the bottom in reality. How can we live on a round planet and still ask whether we are on top or at the bottom? Is our desire for material existence so strong that we need this feeling of being on top? How sweeter is the bottom if it is a place that is real and how comforting is the top if it is place we imagine to be? Unless we are thoroughly grounded the words of Ecclesiastes are profound indeed "Everything is meaningless".

Gert Scholtz

Gert Scholtz

4 years ago #13

Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee Because I am so fond of nature and of walking trials, this sentence had a special appeal to me: "We need to walk the forest, observe, imagine, experiment and search for the intricate relations not only among trees, but also with their ecosystems. As we do so we discover new facts and we find the landscape of our emotions changing. Our hearts reach a bifurcation point- a junction with many branches or roads. Each direction will take us to a different destiny. " Thank you Ali, I shall walk with a different awareness from now on.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#11
It takes two to tango. I am a firm believer of this and I love our brains to tango together dears Sara Jacobovici. I am deeply moved to both of you for your deep appreciation. I assure you this is reciprocal.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#10
This is a very positive respective dear Sara Jacobovici. If the comfort zone is of reasonable duration then I agree with you. However; when people stretch their comfort beyond reason and needed "pausing" then problems start. If the comfort zone is for thinking and imagining the action comes next. If there is no action then the comfort zone is in reality comfort that isn't to be.

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #10

I like Joyce \ud83d\udc1d Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee, "beautiful prose". Your writing does move the reader emotionally, thoughtfully and through the flow of your ideas. I can not agree with your buzz more Dr. Ali and I can not say it better than this: "We need to walk the forest, observe, imagine, experiment and search for the intricate relations not only among trees, but also with their ecosystems. As we do so we discover new facts and we find the landscape of our emotions changing."

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #9

#6
#7 Dear Gentlemen, Javier \ud83d\udc1d beBee, allow me to perhaps re-frame the concept of comfort zone and the idea of rest not producing something like change or growth. Movement is key in living, changing and growing. If we get stuck, cease to move as a result of being in a "zone" or place that we are using to falsely protect us from whatever we are fearing, then we can not change or grow. Things don't happen "outside" this place, things happen once we begin to move. That could be in coming to the realization of where we are and what we need to do. This isn't outside the zone, we can still be in that zone and yet the magic can still take place. In this way, resting is not a cessation of movement. It is a time when we may physically not move, but we continue to be moved, by our thoughts, observations, assessments and decisions of what would be the next viable step for change and growth.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#8
One constant I have is that you are a brilliant human Joyce \ud83d\udc1d Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee. Thank you for your support and encouragement.

Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee

II am always moved by your beautiful prose. "Life is not linear and by trying to make life linear we lose because we offend reality." So true. I have always held on to the thought, "Change is Constant."

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#6
Assolutely and the comfort zone is the one for resting and not changing and growing

Javier 🐝 CR

Javier 🐝 CR

4 years ago #5

To change is to grow. I agree. The magic happens ouf of your comfort zone.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#4
Thank you for your sharing and lovely comment dear debasish majumder perfectly reflected in her comment. Because of the complexity of the terrain we shall not know the outcome. All what we can do is walk in small steps to learn, discover, adapt and grow. People with linear thinking shall find the journey troubling.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#2
"in my life, some of them in a drastic way, and I have done it when my heart and my intuition have showed me the way". A great quote from your comment Mamen \ud83d\udc1d Delgado. Truly impressive. I was on my peak of publishing research papers related to chemistry. At that time I changed my interests and I followed my new self. People forget that the top is risky as a small nudge may send us spiralling downwards. Even in business this holds true. When Kodak was on the top of cameras it failed to see the emerging new top of electronic cameras. Its success blinded her and where is Kodak now. Sometimes the darkness of the unknown is a better choice than the lightness of success.

Mamen 🐝 Delgado

Mamen 🐝 Delgado

4 years ago #2

I am not sure if it is better to change direction while at the top of success or through failure. All I know is I have changed my direction many times in my life, some of them in a drastic way, and I have done it when my heart and my intuition have showed me the way. Nothing to do with rational decisions, deep thoughts about it or long nights without sleeping. It's been much easier, just my heart telling me the way to go... Great Producer Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee, it is always a pleasure to read your writings. πŸ’«

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Lada \ud83c\udfe1 Prkic- you are mentioned in the given order in the buz. I thank you all for your inspiration.

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