1# The greatest thing in life is not to rule, it is to serve
The greatest thing in life is not to rule, it is to serve, my grandfather said.
We stood in the sharp afternoon sun and scouted Jerusalem from Mount Zion. Visiting Jerusalem had been a life-long dream for him, the scenes for most of his inner life. For his 75th birthday he received an envelope with tickets and an invitation to go on an adventure. An adventure for the two of us.
I grew up listening to my grandfather's stories, completely captivated and lost in the universe he created. Having people like that in my life, is the biggest privilege a little boy can have. He is one of my guiding stars. Whenever I'm in doubt, I think about what he would do.
2# I am a Lionheart
In an unnamed Swedish city, ten year-old Karl has found out that he is going to die from an unspecified pulmonary disease. His big brother, Jonatan, calms him down and tells him that in the afterlife, all men will go to a land known as Nangijala.
One day, a fire breaks out in the their home. Jonatan takes his sick brother on his back and jumps out of the house's window to save him, but dies himself in the fall. Karl is crestfallen over his brother's death, until, just before his own demise, he receives a sign which allays his fears of death, and when he wakes again, he finds himself in the Cherry Valley of Nangijala, where he is happily reunited with Jonatan.
The Lionheart Brothers joins Sofia, the leader of the people of the Cherry Valley in the resistance against a tyrant named Tengil, the ruler of the Thorn Rose Valley. Astrid Lindgren's story The Brothers Lionheart reminds me of what it means to be a big brother and what I'm responsible for in the world.
3# I am a Chaos Pilot
Chaos pilots graduates from the Enterprising Leadership School called Kaospilots in Denmark. Chaos pilots are people who can creatively lead a project through uncertainty. They have negative capability, but they also have other critical skills, such as the ability to create structure within chaos and take action. Leaders who are chaos pilots are able to drive a team forward on a project even as the environment around them fluctuates. Although it may sound glamorous to be such a person, being a chaos pilot is hard — they are the colleagues working on ambiguous projects and frequently getting beat up in the process. People who aren’t capable of being chaos pilots quickly flounder when the environment around the project gets shaky.
Chaos pilots often care more about creating meaningful change than about climbing a corporate ladder or getting another star on their charts."
4# The Power of The Force
A Jedi is a member of the Jedi Order, an ancient order of protectors united by their ability to harness the power of the Force. In line with a doctrine that favors the light side of the Force, the Jedi aspire to attain a state of inner peace through calmness and meditation while avoiding emotions affiliated with the dark side of the Force, such as anger and hatred.
I have developed a couple of Jedi principles when I am working with others:
We must have serious fun
We must celebrate our successes
Facilitator and participants must take risks
You cannot not affect, be considerate
Avoid doing the same thing twice, make sure to experiment
Avoid giving answers and advices, everyone should think for themselves
5# Our brain awakens in the new
I have lately been fascinated by neuroplasticity and how we intentionally can design learning processes that rewire our brain. We learn every day, and our brain are working constantly to strengthen the connections and relationships between neurons.
“It refers to the physiological changes in the brain that happen as the result of our interactions with our environment. From the time the brain begins to develop in utero until the day we die, the connections among the cells in our brains reorganize in response to our changing needs. This dynamic process allows us to learn from and adapt to different experiences.” – Celeste Campbell (n.d.).
I design learning processes with a combination of sensorial, social and cognitive stimulation to start the process of changing counterproductive habits and to create new, regenerative routines.