“You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognise the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.”
“I don’t want you to take this the wrong way, but I’m leaving tomorrow morning.” These were the words from a client, five minutes after he’d arrived at The Thrive Experience, an annual retreat I run for leaders. The event runs over 2.5 days, so we hadn’t even officially begun and yet, he was telling me he was leaving.
“Any problem can be solved between people if only they can trust each other.” – War Horse by Michael Morpugo, Page 119
Last week I attended a showing of War Horse in Dublin with some clients from an entrepreneurs forum I run.
The acclaimed show tells the story of a relationship between a boy (Albert) and a young horse (Joey) as they grow up while World War I is taking place. You may well have seen the movie of this show, created by Steven Spielberg.
“There is a saying in Tibetan, ‘Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.’ No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.” ― Dalai Lama XIV. It’s easy to despair at goings on in the world…. But as is typical, often in the worst of circumstances we will always see inspirational examples of courage.
A while back two people going through the same experience in an organisation were sharing their perspectives with me, independently. What was amazing was that their experiences were the polar opposite.
Person One was positive. Person Two negative. Same situation, same circumstances – but very different perceptions of what was going on.
I remember thinking ‘I wish I was like him’. The ‘him’ in question was a successful entrepreneur who seemed to have it all. We had met while doing a show with a local drama group and I was always impressed by his positive attitude and great sense of humour. He never had a bad word to say about anyone and he was always – and I mean always – the life of the party.