Done. Done and done. Now doesn’t that feel good?
It was only when I first worked in Tanzania that I realised how task oriented I am. We are. It’s cultural. What surfaced as a frustration at how others worked, resulted in a reflective realisation that to me the priority was doing and completing the task, and not the people I was doing it with. In Tanzania, I saw a respect and interest amongst people there that was really quite beautiful. I see now – the problem is at my end.
Haraka haraka haina baraka… (hurry, hurry, has no blessings – Swahili wisdom…)
If you’d have asked me 3 years ago if I could draw. I would have told you that I couldn’t. (You might still think I can’t!) Yet, looking back, I think the clues were there – I just couldn’t see them. This image, created for Angela Maiers, resonates with my experience working alongside young people at wapisasa. You see, quite often it requires other people to help guide a person towards things they could be a genius at – because it’s not obvious to them. Maybe there are people in your network who really need your encouragement, and without it, might not discover what makes them tick…
A while ago, Angela Maiers asked me if I would tune my visual brain into her most recent work, Liberating Genius, to see what resonated with me. By the way, resonate is a word I probably overuse, but I suppose it appropriately describes a moment of cognitive ease, and it’s those moments I listen out for, and attempt to visually capture.
When I was a student, I worked in a chicken factory, where time passed extremely slowly (a good measure of a bad job). That job is the reason why I’ve had to have a passion for every job that I’ve ever done since…
Here’s another thought from Angela Maiers‘ “You Matter Manifesto”. In my experience of working with young people, I’ve been amazed at how warped a view of themselves they can often have. This view is where the seed of self-confidence is rooted – and seeing evidence of your own hands having made a difference in someone else’s life is what nourishes that seed. I’m convinced that each person has a gift that only they can give.