“I saw, from my bedroom window, a guinea-fowl trapped in the tennis court. Up and down it frantically hurried against the wire, up and down over a limited distance looking for a way out of its prison.
I went out to open the gate and encourage it to escape that way.
The interesting thing was that as I opened the gate the guineafowl got such a fright, it flew right over the top of the 10ft fence!
It had the capacity to fly and escape, all the time while it was trapped.
It took a fright to set that capacity in action.
Are we sometimes like that?
We need to get out of a situation that imprisons us – lack of ambition, boredom, can’t-do-ness – and a good fright makes us rise and get on with it!
Give thanks for the frights we get in our lives!”
Written by Margaret Kean, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa.
She was the first person to tell me that it was
“The set of the sails and not the gales, which show you the way to go.”
She is my Mum and the best grandma our kids could wish for.
For many years Mum wrote “From the Edge of the Hill” – a monthly article on the humorous side of farm life, from a farm wife point-of-view, published in the NAUNLU (Natal Agricultural Union journal).
Before the days of internet and facebook – it seemed as if all our breakfast table discussions were suitable fodder for the entire farming community in the state!
As her children we knew that if we did something funny or stupid enough, everyone was going to know about it! One of these days I will talk her into publishing her articles in a book format!
What will it take to get you to fly like the guineafowl?
I firmly believe in learning from mentors that are leaders in their field. Mentors and coaches can encourage you to spread your wings and fly in a safe environment. I love seeing the potential in those I work with, and seeing your spread your wings.
Have a wonderful Choose-day, wherever you are!
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