There were once four siblings who were deeply troubled in their lives, yet one day discovered a map - a map that would guide them to a treasure.
But this treasure was on an island far, far away, separated by many miles of water.
The only way to get to this island?...by vessel.
So, each sibling set out to create their own vessel.
One sibling just wanted to be the first to the island. Focusing on going as fast as one could, no care was put into the process of creation and growth. This sibling neglected the quality of the vessel's parts and the effort required to strengthen it. This sibling perceived the building of the vessel as merely a hindrance, an obstacle, a blockage to the ultimate objective: the treasure.
Although this sibling was first to the water, this vessel just as quickly fell apart.
The next sibling was too overwhelmed with the creation of the vessel. The insanity of second-guessing, doubting, and lengthy moments of over-thinking hindered any legitimate action. Truly paralyzed by what was analyzed, ultimately this sibling never even reached the water.
The third sibling did not feel confident enough, equipped or able enough to create a vessel, so this sibling took and used a stranger's vessel. Upon taking it to the sea, it dawned on this sibling that he had no awareness of the vessel, its details, its abilities and limitations; it was not his own. It was created for the likings of another; created for the abilities and comforts of another; created to define an approach to the water that was not one's own. Because of this - this sibling grew confused and weary, and was forever lost at sea.
The last sibling was the most intriguing of all, for this sibling found empowerment and pure joy in the process. For even the obstacles and challenges faced in the creation of the vessel were perceived as opportunities, learning lessons, and calibrations for the betterment of this vessel.
Balancing inner reflection and strategy with purposeful action, along with care for the diversity of the parts being equipped, and a authentic willingness to ask others for help and support, this sibling was able to create a vessel fit for any condition of the sea.
Although not being the first one to the water, this sibling was ultimately the one to find the island’s treasure.
Embracing the creation, maintenance, development, strengthening, and community involved with creating this Vessel, not only did this sibling discover this treasure but realized the true treasure was two-fold.
One: the confident ability, freedom, and vision to journey beyond this island - without fear, without hesitancy, without feelings of restriction and limitation - was a true treasure.
Two: that this sibling knew this transformational concept of owning one's vessel and its development could be spread, shared, and encouraged for others to experience as well!
So this sibling set out to not only find and empower the other siblings but set out on an eternal journey to spread this concept to everyone.
This was a true treasure.
There was authentic care about the creation and constant strengthening of the vessel, of the sum of its diverse parts, and the empowering process of embracing human connection.
Immense confidence, clarity of vision, and limitless potential were felt because this sibling trusted their vessel.
For one does not only create their vessel but one must captain it as well.
What kind of vessel will YOU create and captain for your journey?
-Created and Written by Jens Cole