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We only become the person we have to,
based on what we have said we would do
or as a result of those challenges that are a natural part of life which we have to face.
We fail to become what we need to
due to the things we give up on
or by not choosing a direction at all
let alone one that challenges us more than our current circumstances.
This explains why so many who experience massive natural challenge in their life,
through tragedy out of their control,
if they manage to get through it well,
tend to be people who others look to and praise,
saying “What an amazing person of great strength.”
To be like them and become great people too,
without the ‘blessing’ of tragedy,
we must seek the tougher paths and strong directions,
or else we will waste our life,
never asking of ourselves to ‘become someone’.
Mark Wellman, paralysed from the waist down, atop El Capitan
Let’s do the world a favour and become someone. Let’s
I was moved to post about this today as I feel leaders are intricately connected with such a message. True leaders don’t hide behind “I’m a big picture kinda guy”, or “That’s too small an issue for me to be bothered with” as an excuse to miss important things for those they lead. They understand the power of intricacy in people’s lives and that they are an interwoven collection of small events.
The thing that moved me was Kirk Weisler’s T4D:
Two bits of magic for me. Almost felt like the crux of the whole thing in terms of ‘living’ life instead of ‘surviving’ it…
“Many of life’s treasures remain hidden from us simply because we never search for them.”
And on the ‘small stuff’, how important it is to recognise how often the ‘small stuff’ is actually the small people in our lives. They want to share what we rate a ‘small’ story about something ‘small’ that happened to them that day, or a ‘small’ picture about something you can’t even make out that seems pretty ‘small’ at the time they bring it. You see the problem is, we are on the wrong side of our eyeballs (thanks to ‘Crucial Conversations for that gem) and for our child, this is the biggest moment of their day, bringing something to Mum or Dad and sharing it with them. The story they are telling is at the deepest core of their being, the thing that happened was huge. The picture was something they put everything they had into and it’s contents depict something immense, the artistry of their soul… and the mistake we can make, we continue with what we were in the middle of and we say “Not now son… I’m busy”. Then later in life we wonder why our children are too busy to talk to us, don’t want to share their lives with us – it’s because we trained them that way. We blink and we miss life, one ‘small moment’ at a time, a million blinks at a time. We never stopped and searched for that magic – bringing it full circle to the first quote.
When the little things present themselves in our lives that seem unimportant, remember to…