Ernest Hemingway: one of my favourite authors. There are a few reasons, but mostly I like the way he describes courage and grace. In one of his books called ‘The Dangerous summer’ he talks about what is needed from someone to be a great matador: “I could see he has the three requisites to be a great matador; courage, skill in his profession and grace in the presence of the danger of death.”
Whether staring into the eyes of a 500kg bull charging towards you, or coming to terms with the fact that your vocational exploration is actually worth the courage and sacrifices, it takes courage. This truly is an unravelling exploration of note.
We need to understand and put emphasis on our values to better understand our believe system. It takes courage to pursue personal growth. There is no easy way out of it. It should scare you to step into the unknown, or to face your fears, but guided by a firm set of values and believes even the darkest situation has potential for victory. Know them. Know your three most important values and live by them. Distinguish between the conflicts you experience when you do not feel organized or in charge of your life. One of your values is probably feeling pressured, and wants out of the chaos.
Find them in solitude and get to know them. You can find out a lot about yourself through solitude. Von Goethe said that talent develops in solitude, and that character develops in the stream of life. If you spend time to get to know your values you are honouring the very core of what you should hold dear to your heart. Jumping into the stream of life will build your character, which can only be built by failure, success, high points and low points. That is why we can fall seven times and get up eight times.
I am excited because in June it is time to go to Mozambique again. People who have been into Africa might agree that it is always a good investment to go there, because you buy into the one thing that we so desperately need.
Africa has time, and it teaches you to appreciate time spent exploring the questions in your heart. I am excited because we will be a crew of thirty vocational explorers and we will be visiting dear friends of mine, who has taught me the importance of knowing your values, and sticking to it with grace.
Remember; get to know your values. It’s the one thing that can take you where you need to go.