Ready for take off?

October 4, 2013 at 11:13 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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“Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely” – Unknown

Being ‘ready’, a question that is pondered often (hopefully not fretted on) by ourselves or others as we navigate the journey that is life. Whether it is as a child is preparing to start school, a team training for the big game, an applicant stressing before the important interview, or any number of potentially challenging situations we may find ourselves in, we soar through adventure, after adventure, after adventure. As the picture above depicts, we are all in the pilot’s seat, goggles on and ready to launch into engaging with a truly global village. So are we ever ‘ready’ or does it have more to do with what we see through those goggles that counts?

I love hearing people tell the stories of their childhood, their faces lighting up as they recall things like backyard tree houses, family camping trips and getting away with what they did to younger brothers or sisters. It is interesting though which events stick out as most important to different people. Some automatically launch into stories of wonder and gratitude, while others delve into stories of despair and desperation. The experiences being recalled could’ve been similar in many different ways but how the individual has chosen to view, process and interpret them could result in completely different stories being told.

“We must look at the lens through we see the world, as well as the world we see, and that the lens itself shapes how we interpret the world.”  ― Stephen R. Covey

Like Michael Marantz, I believe that stories can change our world. His TED Talk linked below shares some of his own story and is an example of the way he uses his gifts and talents to engage, empower and inspire others. I also believe in the potential of each individual, with a deepening connection to self, others and the world around us influencing that and the important difference we can all make in our own and others lives. Our stories are a vehicle that assists this process. They allow us to connect through a shared awareness and appreciation of our human journey. The hopes, the dreams, the successes, the challenges, important people, important events, our human needs, what is real and what isn’t. As Michael remarks, “You may just want me to succeed just a little bit more,” after you’ve heard some of his story.

We as individuals can’t know, do or understand everything. What we CAN do though is be open to exploring the possibilities, discovering our potential and acting authentically. We don’t get to control all the things that happen to us but we do get to choose the lens, or goggles, we see our experiences through. Like the theme from Michael’s short film portrays, ‘The future is ours to create’. The way we do this is through empowered daily thoughts, words and actions. Life is a journey of opportunities: interdependent, ongoing and with varying degrees of complexity, navigating many successes, challenges and choices. Remembering that, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts” – Winston Churchill.

So what stories are you telling other people? And what about to yourself? As Michael reflects in his closing statement of the talk, importantly “Tell the best story you possibly can to yourself and others, and live it.” I hope you enjoy watching the talk and have a great weekend!

“Growing up happens in a heartbeat. One day you’re in diapers, the next day you’re gone. But the memories of childhood stay with you for the long haul. I remember a place, a town, a house like other houses, a yard like a lot of other yards, on a street like a lot of other streets. And the thing is, after all these years , I still look back… with wonder” – Kevin from ‘The Wonder Years’

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