There is an old story about a village that was so devoid of water the villagers were beginning to fear they would perish from thirst. One day, out of the blue, a woman entered the village. She was driving a horse and cart and on the back of the cart was a huge barrel. It had been months since the villagers had seen anyone outside their village and they flocked to her, blocking her path. Forced to pull up her horses, the woman gazed down at the villagers who surrounded her. They miserably told her of their plight and begged her to tell them if there was any water nearby.
The woman was thrilled! SHE COULD HELP THEM. Her barrel was full of water. Without saying a word she arose from her seat and made her way onto the cart. She opened the lid of the barrel and collected a huge cup floating on the clear, crisp, cool water.
Then she froze.
Who was SHE to be giving them water? What is the water wasn't GOOD enough? What if they DIDN'T LIKE the water? What if it didn't quench their thirst - what would they THINK OF HER? What if they REJECTED THE WATER and threw the cup back at her? What if they grew ANGRY AT HER for trying to help?
By this time some of the villagers had realised the barrel this mysterious woman was carrying contained water; and had returned home to retrieve empty mugs from their own cupboards. Holding their cups aloft they wondered why she was hesitating when they so desperately needed her water. They so desperately needed her help.
GIVE THEM THE WATER!
Does this story resonate with you? Are YOU holding back from HELPING OTHERS due to your own fears of being visible, not good enough, compared to others or being rejected?
Are you robbing villagers of water by:
not starting that business
not founding that charity
not applying for that leadership role
hiding behind 'busy' work instead of putting yourself in front of people who want your help
confusing excuses as reasons
staying safe inside your comfort zone
not speaking up when YOU are the expert in the room
People NEED YOU. It's time to stop hiding behind your own fears and GIVE THEM THE WATER!
REAL LIFE EXAMPLE: I heard this story/fable many moons ago and cannot remember who the original creator is. This almost stopped me from publishing this article. These thoughts swirled inside my head: 'What if I get the story wrong? What if someone gets upset that I haven't credited the creator? What if someone publicly tries to shame me? I really should get that washing out of the machine.'
BUT what overrode these thoughts was that this story needs to be heard by so many who are hiding their gifts.
If you do know who the creator of this story/fable is, please let me know so I can credit them.
If you would like some help getting visible and giving the thirsty villagers the water, I have a half day workshop coming up in May AND (if you want to go much deeper) a week-long retreat in Bali in August.
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