Hopeless to Hopeful
The following story was forwarded to me on my WhatsApp chat.
In a forest, a pregnant deer is about to give birth. She finds a remote grass field near a strong flowing river. This seems like a safe place. Have you ever found yourself in truly desperate moments when you think there is no hope and you just want to give up? There is so much to learn from this pregnant deer. Read on.
Suddenly, labor pains begin.
At the same moment, dark clouds gather above, and lightning ignites a forest fire. She looks to her left and sees a hunter with his bow extended, pointing directly at her. To her right, she spots a hungry lion approaching her. What can the pregnant deer do? She’s in labor! What will happen? Will the deer survive? Will she give birth to a fawn? Will the fawn survive? Or will everything be burned by the forest fire? Will she perish by the hunter’s arrow? Will she die a horrible death in the jaws of the hungry lion approaching her? She is constrained by fire on one side and the flowing river on the other while being boxed in by her natural predators.
What does she do? She focuses on giving birth to that new life.
The sequence of events that follows is: Lightning strikes and blinds the hunter. He releases the arrow, which zips past the deer and strikes the hungry lion. It starts to rain heavily, and the forest fire is slowly doused by the rain. The deer gives birth to a healthy fawn.
In our lives, there are also moments of choice when we are confronted on all sides by negative thoughts and possibilities. Some thoughts are so powerful that they overcome and overwhelm us. Maybe we can learn from the deer. The priority of the deer, in that moment, was simply to give birth to a baby. The rest was out of her hands and any action or reaction that changed her focus would have likely resulted in death or disaster.
In your most challenging and stressful moments, where is your focus? Where do you place your faith and hope? What is that first step/easiest thing you can do to bring you closer to what you want?
Good coaching questions give individuals space to step back and examine their own actions. More often than not, people begin to see things from different perspectives and envision a new solution to their problem. Hope arises, and there is finally a flicker of light at the end of the tunnel.
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