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Best Self

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

This example was given in a class I am taking:

A man asked a Native American, How do you make a canoe? The Native American answered, Oh that is easy. You get a long and take out everything that is not canoe.

So to be our best selves what do we have to do? Take out everything that is not part of our best self. Sounds easy and reasonable, until we roll up our sleeves and get to work.

The best thing is that we don't have to do it all right now. We can do a little bit day by day, choice by choice. Choose to succeed for this hour and if that is too long choose this minute (second). Have you watched the carvers? The use a tool that just takes out a bit of wood with each stroke. I have also noticed that as they get closer to the goal sometimes the pull out tiny tools that make magnificent changes in the end but each stroke only changes a little bit.

It is kind of fun in a way to see what is being taken out to become my best self. What will I be carved into? I don't know if I will recognize me. But, this adventure is sure interesting.
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  • NANCY-
    What powerful insight.
    You have shared a treasure with us. Thank you.
    You will will recognize yourself, because it will be your true self.
    Happy carving and ...
    Keep Sparking!!!!
    3483 days ago
  • BLUESKY_321
    Love this analogy! Thanks for sharing.
    3483 days ago
    I love that the canoe is inside the log. I guess it is there all along and you just need to find it. It sounds like you are really enjoying your class.
    3483 days ago
  • no profile photo CD661974
    Indeed and what a great analogy.
    3483 days ago
    Excellent analogy. It reminds me of the joke, how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. LOL.
    3483 days ago
    3483 days ago
    Great visual example. I suppose if we are carelessly "carving away" one could create a weakness that causes our canoe to sink. All that work would be wasted. So, I'm thinking we need to carve deliberately and get advice and support along the way. Happy Carving!!
    3483 days ago
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