This picture is from an email that I received about six months ago. I do not know who the photographer is, however, that person did a great job!
What are the things in your life that are non-negotiable? Who are those beliefs/values conflicting with? Why do you feel so strongly about this issue?
These are some of the questions that came up for me the other day when I was stopping to reflect over a situation that caused me great emotion. For many of us, when we need to take a stand, we do it with every fibre of our being. We are so wrapped up in our view that we fail to see that there are other options.
When I was in a Leadership Training program back in 2000, one of the activities was to break down in to two teams. The Facilitator then drew a line in the sand on the volleyball court, and handed us a rope. The idea was that one team had to drag the other team over the line to prove superiority. Each day, in our activities, most of us still draw lines, standing on one side of the line and saying that our idea is the best or our belief is the best, or whatever.
The idea of co-creation is that there is not one side that is bigger or stronger or best. Co-creation is about doing what is best for all in the circumstances. Generally, when clever people think through a problem, the resulting solution is the synthesis of all the ideas and shows that something greater can occur when people work in harmony.
Did I mention that a soul-ution tends to bring people together, and create a community that is excited about tackling new challenges? When we are engaged in creating the best and most loving solution, we are happy; our soul is happy; and the Universe is happy.
Next time you need to draw a line in the sand, make it a heart!