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Finding a way forward

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At a time filled with such uncertainty and challenge, perhaps it is appropriate to consider how those before us have coped with adversity?

Having specialised in storytelling about human behaviour over the past 20 years, I have learnt much about the indomitable human spirit within us. I have also learnt that extraordinary outcomes often arise from the actions of single human beings.

Surely there has never been a time where we should be evaluating our actions more carefully than ever? Alfred Henry Hook, the Cook at Rorke’s Drift, would have been very proud of the inscription placed upon his grave in 1905. If one’s time has come to die, one should die manfully for one’s breathren’s sake without cause for reproach against one’s glory reads his epitaph. For me, the lesson is clear-we should consider how we would like our lives remembered and live our lives to that end? Making choices/decisions daily with that end goal in mind.

There is no doubting that we are going to reflect on this pandemic as an unprecedented time in our lives. More than ever we need to consider our reactions and behaviour. Norwegian Roald Amundsen, Polar explorer extraordinaire, first to navigate the North-West Passage, first man to reach the South Pole and first man to reach the North Pole, died aged 56 in strange circumstances. He was searching for his arch-rival Italian Nobile in the Arctic, when his plane crashed. Despite his prodigious successes and athletic prowess, Amundsen died a miserable man, confused at the world’s lack of adulation. In my estimation, many of the decisions he made in Life did not have his desired end goal in mind.

Did Robert Scott (British explorer) and his party die psychologically when they realised they had been beaten to the South Pole by the Norwegians? Tough man Edgar Evans, whose physique intimidated everyone in Scott’s expedition, dreamed of owning a small pub in South Wales, with his wife and daughters, upon returning from the South Pole. He fell into a crevasse, hitting his head, and probably succumbed to an aneurism on 17 February 1912. Dream shattered.

Zulu commander mKhosana ka mVundlana of the Biyela people rallied the Zulu warriors of the mCijo Regiment at Isandlwana, in the moment they may have withdrawn turning the battle with his war cry. If he had ever considered how he wanted his life remembered, he could not have achieved a more fitting memorial in giving his life for the Zulu cause.

I tell stories about human beings, and their behaviour in challenging circumstances.

These stories have never been more relevant than they are today, and I would be delighted to share a story in more detail for you, your guests or your clients.

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