One Apple A Day #810 – we are all in

This morning I picked a card saying “everyone has the power to affect the direction of an organization“. And in my mind that “organization” immediately became humanity as a whole.

How many times we feel powerless before the big challenges humanity is facing. From climate change to inequality, from poverty to wars.

Yet, we often do nothing even when we care because we feel powerless.

What can I do? I’m just a person, it won’t change anything. It’s our leaders’ fault, they are the one who should do something.

And then, while I was thinking about all of this, a thought came up from nowhere. 

There is no such thing as doing nothing.

In some way, what we do or don’t do today will contribute to shaping the world of tomorrow.

If we are in this world, we are part of the game of life, and we can’t call ourselves out. We can stand there, or we can actively play. It doesn’t matter for the game, we are in. Together.

One Apple A Day #751 – Everywhere but here

Being everywhere but here, now.

I believe that is one of the leading causes of wasted human potential.

We drive, but our mind is at our destination with the things we have to do.

Our body is in a meeting while our mind is on the things we left unfinished or the next things to do.

We listen to someone, but we are already thinking of the next things we want to say.

I lost count of all the time that I caught myself doing this. 

My body being here and now, while my mind is somewhere else.

Sometimes far away, other times just on the next sentence.

Everywhere but here, now.

Though, when everything is aligned. When my body, heart, mind and soul are all present in the “here and now”, something magical happens.

So far, one of the best ways I found to experience the power of presence is through a bow and an arrow.

I discovered primitive archery thanks to my dear friend Stefano and any time I try I am reminded of the incredible power of presence.

Last Saturday, I had another opportunity to verify this. Anytime I was present to myself in the moment, my arrow flew straight to the target. When my focus was elsewhere, on the target, on my position or on the others with me, my shot was sloppy.

Being present.

That’s it.

That’s my goal, here and now.

One Apple A Day #711 – we all lose

Imagine that there is an infinite source of energy somewhere, and a huge pipeline channelling that energy into our world. Unfortunately, the pipe has many holes from which the energy leaks out on its way to us. As a result, we only enjoy a portion of that energy. There can be many reasons for that, but the outcome is always the same.
Less energy for everyone.
So, you probably would think that each one of those holes is everyone problem, so we should all feel responsible for closing them. Aren’t you?

What if I tell you that the pipeline is humanity, and those holes are human beings who are not realising their potential in their lives? Do you still think it’s everybody responsibility? And what can we do? This is the question I’ve been asking myself often in the last days.
With no answers yet.
But this awareness is growing within me, that every time a human being is not realising her or his full potential, we all lose.

This pandemic is making it clear to me, more than anything else before, that we are all interconnected. Using an old expression, we are all on the same boat, only with plenty of holes. I can fix my hole or the one around me and convince myself that I’m safe. But it’s just an illusion. The boat will still sink if we won’t close them all.

One Apple A Day #709 – build on love

We need to change things to prevent this from happening again. We must avoid going back to how things were before. 

These are two sentences I often hear lately, and they made me think. Recently, someone reminded me that after every big global shock, humanity reacted creating new structures or configurations. 

The UN was created after World War II to prevent future wars. The same for what evolved into the current European Union. After 9/11, many changes were made to the way we travel and live.

Yet, here we are. With all these structures showing fragilities and struggling to provide answers to the challenges we are facing.

Energy informs configuration. And the energy from which those systems and structures were sourced was one of fear. As a result, they feed on that fear so they can’t really create the way forward unless they don’t shift on a different energy.

So, this is my wish. 

For individuals, families, communities, organisations, and countries.

That whatever new system, structures or configuration that will emerge from these circumstances, they will be sourced from love, compassion and courage. 

Not as a way to escape from something. 

Not as a way to avoid or protect something. 

But as a way to move forward and create a better future for everyone

One Apple A Day #703 – Betsy

A few months ago, while I was surfing the web, looking for real stories about mentoring, I found this lengthy article titled, “The Most Famous Reverse Mentoring Story in History” by Peter Gregoire.

It’s a great piece of writing, absolutely worth 10 minutes of your precious attention.

In short, it’s the story of how a teenager named Betsy, driven by her innocent irreverence and her candid curiosity, helped Napoleone transform his exile into an opportunity.

I love this story from the day I read it. Not only is a compelling example of the power of reverse mentoring. It also shows the potential that we can unlock if we connect with human beings behind and beyond the roles or positions they may have in society.

These days, this story resonates even more. 

Aren’t we all experiencing a sort of exile? Our houses turned into many tiny islands of St. Helena. Separated, at least physically, from the rest of the world.

So I was thinking, who can be my Betsy in this exile? What are the open, innocent and challenging questions she would ask? What would throw me off balance but also rejuvenated and re-energize my mind and spirit?

Maybe my inner child asking things such as “Are you having fun? Why are you doing that?

This is going to be an interesting conversation.