As I type this, I look over a bed of decaying autumn leaves on the front lawn, and in the distance the brown-speckled hills of the KwaZulu-Natal countryside. There’s something just so intoxicating about winter out here. Blue skies, dry chilly air and the warm mid-day sunshine which lulls one into laziness. The crisp, bitingly cold air at night which chases us towards the fireplace.
It’s a strange season, I find. The barrenness of the trees, the earthy, dusty look of the grass as it turns brown, all of which would ordinarily leave one feeling lifeless. But it’s a time for quiet reflection, a time to look back with the view of looking forward.
One of the things I have come to understand about this business is that inspiration comes in the quiet places of reflection. For me, at least.
I recently did a strength finder test, which was introduced to me by some of my close mates. My top five themes were Ideation, Futuristic, Self Assurance, Strategic and Includer.
The concept behind this particular book and movement is to highlight and focus on developing your strengths, as opposed to trying to improve on your weaknesses. I like this.
So my friends tell me that my top strengths are obvious. Although they seem obvious to me now, I was both excited and surprised at the results. (I think it’s much like people who hear themselves recorded for the first time.) I suppose it highlights the importance of words, their meaning, and how they define us.
Needless to say, as I reflect on this new-found insight, I’m confident of what’s in store on the horizon, and you’re all invited along for the ride.
(A free album download for anyone who spotted that last sentence.)