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A Community Ready to Help
Submitted by Kaia
Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. Nathaniel Hawthorne
Oftentimes an individual will get sucked into their own idea of what actual success and accomplishment means. That an accomplishment is only “authentic” if it was done through the blood, sweat, and tears of their own work. If someone else were to help them out, it couldn’t have meant that the accomplishment was “real.”
The quote above, by the nineteenth century novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne, talks about happiness, but its concept can also be applied to reaching our goals. Chasing our idea of happiness may never allow us to be happy. But if we slow down and realize the beauty around us already, then we may find true happiness. This concept of realizing what is around us can definitely help when we try to tackle our own challenges. Once we slow down and reach out for help, our challenges become easier to accomplish.
The quote can also be particularly effective after facilitating the Challenge Wall. This is an activity in which the team aims to get their members up a 12ft or 14ft Wall without the use of any platforms, ropes or holds on the wall. It is not possible for a person to get to the top on their own, they need the support of their team.
The Challenge Wall, in this situation, can represent some of our own personal challenges. They are huge and out of our reach to accomplish alone. We can try as we may, but we are never going to get up the Wall, and we will just tire ourselves out by trying. We may even give up. If only we were to look around us and realize that there is a community ready to help and support us. When we finally reach out for their help, the challenge has not become smaller -- the Wall did not shrink -- but with the help of our team, we can find, not only success, but a supportive community as well.
The mental block associated with reaching out for help is real. For this facilitation to be effective, this mental block needs to be addressed. The quote is a good gateway for this discussion to take place. Hopefully, the individual can come to learn their importance within the community and how they can come to rely on their team to help them work through their challenges.
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