Time to Read – 120 seconds
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 worry, so much hardship and so much 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, happiness and being at peace. It knew where it was, 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 it was about to take its first action, The Adventurer froze in fear, trapped by thoughts 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.
And so our Adventurer waited for a sign, a trigger, for something…
And as it waited, a realisation dawned. What it once was, it still was. Once a Child, always a Child; Once an Explorer, always an Explorer, keen to explore again; Once a Student, always a Student, still ready to learn; once a Practitioner, always a Practitioner, still taking in life’s rich experiences.
And, from its very first breath, right up to this exact moment, the Adventurer was, still is, and always will be, you…
With my love to you all
PS From The Naked Millionaire
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