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Naked Leader Week 800 – 10 December 2018
Time to Read: 3 minutes
Welcome to the 800th Naked Leader Weekly…
Legend has it that many years ago, a very special child was born. Unique in natural strengths, talent and personality, this child, from the very moment of birth, knew that it was going to love this thing called ’life’.
The young Child watched and took in the wonders of everything, and everyone, around it, and so became an Explorer, gaining a reputation for being full of spontaneity and happiness. Soon the Explorer was told that discovery in itself was not enough, and was sent off to school. Hungry for new knowledge, the Explorer became a Student, who gained a reputation for being very learned. However, some of the fun seemed to disappear, somewhere.
Next, the Student was advised that while information was important, it was nothing without real experience. So the Student became a Practitioner, eager to work hard and grow in understanding, and gained a reputation for being worldly wise. However, some of the wonder seemed to fade away, somehow.
And after many years, the Child who had become an Explorer, who became a Student, and then a Practitioner, stopped one day, and noticed some things.
That the life it was now living was not so full of everyday joy, that the organisation in which it worked was not such a happy place, and that the world in which it lived had so much distress, hardship and fear. Perhaps there was something about this thing called ‘life’ that the Practitioner had not yet fully understood.
So, the Practitioner set out to understand, and thus became an Adventurer.
All Adventurers need an adventure. To find one, they must apply the formula for guaranteed success – know where you want to go; know where you are now; know what you have to do to get to where you want to go; and do it.
The Adventurer had an idea where it wanted to go – something to do with purpose, peace and helping others. It knew who it was, one of a kind and knew generally what to do, to make its dream, unclear though it was, move closer. The Adventurer had to make things happen, rather than simply let things happen.
This was exciting. However, just as The Adventurer was about to take its first action, it froze in fear, trapped by thoughts, worries and fearful imaginings. It wanted more, but without losing what it already had. More freedom, but not at the expense of safety; more money, but not to the extent of greediness; and, it wanted to be true to itself, yet also connect with others.
So our Adventurer waited for a sign, a trigger, for something…
As it waited, a realisation dawned. What it once was, it still was. Once a Child, always a Child, ready to find fun again; Once an Explorer, always an Explorer, excited to keep exploring; Once a Student, always a Student, always learning, especially from others; And once a Practitioner, always a Practitioner, still taking in life’s rich experiences.
With great belief, boldness and bravery, the Adventurer took its first step towards achieving its dreams.
And, from its very first breath, right up to this exact moment, this Child, Explorer, Student, Practitioner and Adventurer was, still is, and always will be…you.
With my love and best wishes