Courage, Coffee & Africa

Where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet; there lies your vocation.

Firstly, I need to mention that we grow and change as time goes by. Secondly, I hope you know by now that there is not one solution to your life.

Life is a series of adventures and the invitation to explore is always there. The notion that your whole life depends on what you do after school is not true. The notion that you have to know excaclty what you want to do after higher education is also not true. If you don't start to ask yourself; "what questions needs to be lived?", you will end up stressing about finding the right answers for the rest of your life. 

As David Brooks so invitingly put it; We have to go from being promising to making promises. We live in a society that puts a lot of emphasis on freedom and personal choice. But the big thing I’ve learned recently is that if you spend your years keeping your options open you will lead an impotent, fragmented life.

You will wander about in the indeterminacy of your own passing feelings and your own changeable heart. Life will be a series of temporary moments, not an accumulating flow of accomplishment. You will never be all-in for anyone or any path, because your eyes will always be wandering to some other possibility. You will lay waste to your powers, scattering them in all directions.

To have a fulfilling life you have to make promises. You have to surrender some freedom of choice to taste a higher freedom, the freedom that comes after you’ve settled on a direction, chained yourself to a cause and enlarged your capacities.

It is precisely our restraints that liberate us for that higher freedom. You have to chain yourself to years of piano practice to have the freedom to really play.

To lead a fulfilling life, most of us make four big commitments: to a spouse and family, to a vocation, to a faith or philosophy and to a community. The measure of our lives depends on how well we choose these four enduring commitments and how well we execute on our promises to them.

Unravelling Exploration commits to investicate those promises you want to make in a context of coaching, group facilitation and expeditions. Francois Malherbe from Unravelling Exploration commits to create a safe environment where we can have the courage to get to know ourselves better. Whether in a coaching process, a group or team, or using expeditions and exploration as a platform for self-exploration