Don’t lose your courage…
The title of my blog post is as much a reminder to me as it is to everyone else who went and has been on ANLP, as well as to those who will attend ANLP in the future and to anyone else who will read this post. ANLP was a huge, positive, life and learning experience. As with any learning process that presents you with an opportunity to make a change, I have realised that there are some things you can implement straight away and others that will take a bit longer to process, practice and assimilate before you begin to use the skill that was learned.
From my ANLP journey, two of the actions that I think I was able to start implementing almost immediately:
1. Courage – to say or do things that I might not have said or done before. (Since ANLP, there have been a number of times when I said to myself “I finished the high ropes, I can do this!”)
2. Be present, be at peace and be grateful – I have tried to stop being anxious and stop worrying about the future. (Although this has been difficult to do at times.)
However, there are many, many activities that we did at ANLP and lessons that were learned that will take a lot more time to sink in, and to eventually be used. I had wanted to continue with daily reflection, but that did not happen; so instead I have resolved to at least do some regular self-reflection and evaluation but to continuously be aware of things to start doing, stop doing and keep on doing. We need to be realistic with what changes we can make and when, and I feel like I am still trying to process many things. However, this should not become an excuse and we must not forget to regularly evaluate where we are, where we have come since ANLP, and what we still need to do. I would like to appeal that we should use each other for support when we do this! I am lucky to have come back to an environment where all of my colleagues are ANLP alumni, and therefore understand when I try something different, but others are not in such an environment. Therefore, we need to use the technology that we have available to us (email, Whatsapp, Facebook, Skype), to support each other and keep this network of ANLP 2015 (and other years’) alumni alive and strong.
So that is why my message is ‘don’t lose your courage’ – to do what is right, to grow yourself, to make changes, to recognise where you have done something that you could have done better, and to have the energy, drive and passion to use your individual potential in the best way possible. Don’t forget the powerful words from Michael Jackson’s ‘Man in the Mirror’.
I leave you with the following quote from the great Nelson Mandela (that can be found in his book, Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela (1994).
“After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can rest only for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not yet ended.”
Nelson Mandela (1918-2014)
P.S. Today (18 April) is TK’s birthday, so from KT to TK I just wanted to say Happy Birthday from the ANLP family!