This time of the year is very reflective. Enjoying a longer holiday break resparks the body and brain in readiness for the upcoming new school year. One thing that I've been reflecting on a lot during this time is the diversity of participants, ideas and ways of leading within programs. I'm always inspired by difference, there's never just one way to think about, share or do anything.
"Diversity is innovation." - Duncan Wardle
One activity, this past year, that really opened up some interesting insights for me and participants begins with what seems like a simple and familiar proposition. Like all good activities though there's the inevitable road block that comes with choices and opportunities to individually and collectively make a difference. It's always so interesting to sit back and watch what happens. Same activity, different responses, new wisdom to learn from.
“In a world full of game players, the only way to set yourself apart is to be a game changer.” - Matshona Dhliwayo
Challenging the 'norm' involves deeper levels of awareness of how we got there in the first place. It also involves not judging something as good or bad, instead creating opportunities for individuals and groups to work out what's most important to them and what do they want to celebrate. What's most important to us is contribution, making a difference for and with others. And what we want to celebrate are the game changers who courageously and compassionately see, speak and act that into existence.
"No fresh stimulus in. No new ideas out." - Duncan Wardle
I wonder what'll inspire us during program experiences in 2023. The best thing about this wondering is I don't know yet. I can't. I'll again step into the program experiences I facilitate open to learning from whatever those leading authentically share through their thoughts, words and actions. It's an ongoing journey. Not a predetermined and fixed destination we're heading for.