“Everything has a value, provided it appears at the right place at the right time. It’s a matter of recognizing that value, that quality, and then to transform it into something that can be used. If you come across something valuable and tuck it away in your metaphorical suitcase there’s sure to come a moment when you can make use of it.” Jurgen Bey (How to Explore the World, By Keri Smith)

Last week a client called me to come in for a meeting. She is leading a new Learning Centre and wanted to talk through her vision. To pick my brain for ideas. At the end of the conversation she hired me to consult on the project.

At the end of the meeting she said that she called me because she knows that I am always in explorer mode, working with organizations around the world, always reading, going to conferences, piloting new initiatives… She doesn’t have the time or head space for that kind of thing. Her daily demands and deliverables are too many. So when she needs to be inspired, to expand her thinking, to innovate, she calls me. I stimulate her. And she grounds me. Together we have a track record of creating good work.

I’ve chosen an unconventional path through my personal and business life. I don’t follow the straight and narrow way. My nose is rarely to the grindstone. I am always moving, always collecting, always thinking, always asking questions. And like anyone who has chosen to follow the beat of my own drummer, I sometimes worry that I am out of step with the inside world. But then I have a day like I had this week, and everything makes sense.

I’m looking forward to creating with my client. And to the next time I go walkabout, searching for value in unexpected places, suitcase always in hand.

Three morals in this story:

1. Everything has a value, provided it appears at the right time and place.
2. Everyone has a value, when they appear at the right time and place.
2. When you come across something you think is valuable, tuck it away in your metaphorical suitcase.

Yours with creativity and imagination,

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