What growth looks like to a seed


“For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look like complete destruction” — Cynthia Occelli

In the natural world, the path to fulfilment of an organism’s potential often involves the disruption of what was there before. A seed cannot grow without cracking open. A caterpillar cannot become a butterfly without first passing through the cellular soup of becoming a chrysalis.

In this time of churning and change many of us are under stress.

That stress is about being unable to achieve some of the things we want to. We feel cracked open like a seed, or churned up like the inside of a chrysalis.

The only solution is to prioritise: to find out what really matters to us, choose it, and focus on that. Then we find that we can let the rest go, because it really doesn’t matter.

Inner leadership provides a series of frameworks and tools that guide us through these changes. They show us first how to centre and ground, then to understand the situation more clearly, and identify what is important to us. Later chapters show how to turn that into an inspiring vision and then implement that in the world.

This time of churning is actually an opportunity to find out what matters to us most, and to focus on creating that instead.

What seem like cracks are actually how the light gets in.

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