Conquering heights: the spirit of oneness
by Zaina Sore
We woke up to a beautiful sunny day, a perfect day for team building exercise. After breakfast we drove out of the lodge to one of the high ropes sights on the property. Upon seeing the impressive structure, anxiety began to creep in. While some of us were excited, others were already nervous or both. Our forever enthusiastic beloved George volunteered to be the guinea pig for the first trial while the rest of the group listened to Neels and his team of instructors. George was such a great sport! He made the game seem simple as he climbed to the top of the structure and through the high ropes, he never stopped cracking jokes and managed to steal some laughs from the group. Then, one after the other, we all bravely followed.
We experienced mixed emotions, but learnt three important lessons. First, we must have the courage to push ourselves beyond our boundaries and past our fears. This act of courage made us realize that we are stronger than the barriers we face.
Second, never underestimate the power of motivation and support from the people surrounding us. As the most fearful amongst us were trembling or hesitating in front of what seemed like an insurmountable task, the cheers and the encouragements from the instructors standing at the different poles of the structure and fellow ANLPers (Yes, I just made that up!) on the ground gave each one the extra boost to keep going.
Third, the sense of achievement after completing the great challenge made it all worth it. In the end, we stood a bit taller and prouder, with wind under our wings, ready to soar and conquer new heights!
Some of our testimonies:
“My teambuilding experience was fun, fun, and more fun. It was also about confronting fears: real or imagined.” Sarah, Kenya
“I felt nothing can limit me if I have to reach my goals. I only have to focus and take advice as and when it comes.’’ Alice, Ghana
“It was a nerve-wrecking experience but at the end of it all, I felt a sense of accomplishment.” Yvonne, Kenya
“I conquered my fears! The fact that I had people supporting me made it easier.” Robin, South Africa
“It was a nerve-wrecking test of endurance! I would do it again and again and again!” Stephen, Kenya