Leaders Create Sufficient Truthful Moments

Photography is fun filled with graphic potential, appealing to people of all ages. Just to hold a camera offers intriguing possibilities! One can capture this moment from different places we traveled with… or that one. Any moment so captured documents life and offers opportunities to illustrate what happened.

The best photo images capture a subject at an intersection in time. These are magic moments. We know these photos instinctively by the look in the person’s eye, or the moisture collected at the edge of the leaf… the ageless wisdom in the child’s face, or the message of the morning light.

Consider this: We are—everything is—moving continuously in time. Most photos by amateurs and professionals are images of things still moving, even minutely. Yet, a great photograph reveals an exact moment of consequence. It is the moment when the subject, traveling through time, pierces the center of a target of meaning, and time stops momentarily. In such moments, pauses in an intersection of time, consequence is revealed. It is a moment of truth, as if predestined.

You witness these moments of time-pausing consequence in the work of Diane Arbus, Annie Leibovitz, and Ansel Adams—and, in the work of nature and wildlife photographer, Richard Bernabe. Still, each of us can capture such a moment, and this prospect makes photography constantly compelling.

Within each of us is the mechanism for judging truth. The truth meter—known in various cultures as the hare or tan tien—is familiar to the martial artist. It is what we refer to when we say a person is “gutsy,” or when we refer to our “gut instinct.” By the hare we judge truth and truthfulness.

Just as it’s the photographer’s responsibility to capture a visual moment of truth, it is the leader’s responsibility to create sufficient truthful moments upon which culture can rely.

Today, we experience a crisis of leadership in the world. Yet, by hare and heart, each of us can act sufficiently, and our collective acts with insight can heal the world.

However, like the aspiring photographer, we need to get clicking. Wait, and you risk loosing the light!

Does your conversation include thoughtful compromise? Will your leadership create moments of truth?