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Sunday, 10 July 2011 09:33

Story Telling

Have we lost the art of telling a good story?  Of spinning a yarn?

 

As individual and leaders how many of us tell stories consciously to inspire, challenge, change and empower others.

Did you even know that you could do such a thing?

 

Sure Hollywood trots out movies every other day to a specified formula, more often than not based on a book.  Then every once in a while, a movie comes out that makes up sit up and take notice. For me the 2 that have done that have been Limitless and Inception. They have challenged and inspired to me to think what if…?

 

In bygone days the people with the most influence at court or the ones that captured the most attention were the Jester or the travelling jongleurs.  In ancient cultures history was passed down through story telling.  Both Maori and Aboriginal cultures are richly peppered with myth and legend about how fire was found or how creatures were created.

 

I have to admit I LOVE telling stories. It is a big part of my coaching; I tell them because it is a part of who I am and because the unconscious mind is symbolic it takes what it needs from even the smallest of metaphors.

 

Where are our stories today? The stories of our culture, our history, our psychology? Is it that we have to be satisfied with mostly formulaic stories from the Hollywood Studios? Or the tabloid rubbish that people get sooo caught up in?

We have such a rich culture and diversity amongst peoples, it would be a shame to loose such a rich tapestry and learning through the absence of a great story.

 

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Monday, 04 July 2011 19:02

Adaptibility

Today I read a quote by Charles Darwin “It’s not the strongest of the species that survives; nor the most intelligent. It is the one that is the most adaptable.”

 

It made me stop and think about my own “survival”. I consider myself to be intelligent and strong (physically and emotionally) but adaptability I wasn’t so sure. Being Taurean I am known for the characteristic trait of stubbornness.

 

What does it mean to be adaptable? And to be adaptable in this fast paced ever changing world?

Am I able to ‘adjust myself readily to different conditions or environments?”

If I do what would it mean not too?

 

Sure there are situations that I am completely stubborn/determined; I’ve got qualifications, Body sculpting prizes, and  as a result of being that determined.  I’ve moved countries twice and I’ll admit that going to England was tough and I probably didn’t fare as well over there in terms of my adaptability as I did when I moved to Australia.  And certainly, whilst on the outside I might look the same, with a few more smile lines (ok wrinkles!) on the inside I’ve changed considerably to the girl I was. In most situations I respond rather than react. I’m no longer angry at the world – me and I have an inner calm that wasn’t there before.

 

Perhaps its my ability to be ‘chameleon like’ that has allowed me to change careers twice, move countries or have an very wide circle of friends from very different backgrounds and ages. Or maybe its that I have gotten wise enough to know when to change and when not to.

 

Perhaps it’s through all of this changing and adapting, that I’ve discovered the intelligence to know when to change and when to hold fast to my truth. To not conform; to be different because maybe that is the start of a new change for you or your environment.

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