Growth… the desire for
Take just a moment to close your eyes, take a big deep breath and think about the four seasons of the year: Spring; Summer; Fall; and Winter. What pictures pop into your mind when you visualize each season? Add your thoughts to the list below:
- Spring: buds, blossoms, rain, birds, bees
- Summer: warm sun, big leaves, full bloom, flies, mosquitoes
- Fall: harvest, fruit, leaves falling, bird migration, boxelder bugs
- Winter: cold, snow, ice, quiet, dormant, mice
Now lets explore the life cycle of an apple tree during the four seasons. In the spring, the buds on the apple tree that were dormant all winter long, explode with new growth developing blossoms, leaves and new branches. The blossoms entice bees and other insects to help in pollinating the tree, the leaves will grow to provide photosynthesis nutrient for the tree and new branches will help the apple tree expand and capture more sunlight to grow bigger and juicier apples during the summer and fall. As we move into summer, blossoms become fruit, leaves grow to full size and maximum nutrient production, and the new branches thicken and strengthen to support the weight of the apple fruit. During the fall, the apples mature for harvest, new buds develop on the branches for the coming year's growth, and the leaves dry up and fall to the ground, providing nutrients for the tree root growth in future years.
You, like the apple tree, are destined to experience all the seasons of life. You, like the apple tree, will have different kinds of growth depending on the season. You, like the apple tree, will have a time to grow branches and a time to bear fruit. You, like the apple tree, are intended to reach for the stars at night and to delight in the comforting warmth of a bright sunny day. To learn to "dance with the elephant" is to understand the purpose of continuous personal growth throughout the seasons of life. And like the bees and other insects that help pollinate the apple tree, you need people in your life to help you grow and develop through the seasons. People that respect, trust and nurture your personal growth in life are the natural outcome of learning how to "dance with the elephant". Welcome the help of others. This is not something you can do on your own. Establishing, growing and confirming your relationships with family and friends is an important part of this journey.
Guides Rules To Dance With The Elephant
- DESIRE FOR GROWTH
- Each dancer is expected to carry the desire for personal discovery, growth and exploration while learning to dance.
- Each dancer is expected to help others in their desire for discovery, growth and exploration.
- Growth, by its very nature requires risk. Each dancer should be dedicated to creating a healthy, open and risk-free environment as possible.
- The key is to develop a clear understanding of all the dancer's perceptions, actions, and beliefs. This is the, “Why they do what they do”. Resist judging others based on your values and beliefs. Your life is your life. Their life is their life. However, through better communication you will be able to go from the perspective of “me”, to “we” and ultimately to what “will be”.