To tread is to take a step, place your foot on a surface (betreten, auftreten, schreiten), to walk.
To tread lightly means to move carefully, mindfully and with awareness; to do as little damage as possible to your surroundings and to yourself.
It means to be:
- open to learning, new ideas and thinking
- compassionate towards others, especially those who are weaker, or have difficulty fending for themselves
- engaged for a society whose main definition of freedom is not necessarily the freedom to make money, but rather freedom of ideas, speech, development and privacy
- and above all, the ability to be amazed and laugh about absurdity, irony, myself, others - to take myself lightly
My cool friend, +Eileen O'Duffy shared a poetic understanding of the concept by William Butler Yeats:
HAD I the heavens' embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
So if you are interested in art, psychology, a fair and open society, organizations and leadership, a little photography and a touch of the spiritual, all seen with a smile then:
Welcome to My World, and please, tread lightly!
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