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Adventures must be shared

Feb 22, 2023 | Insights

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As you set out to create change and make a difference, consider whether sharing your ideas could lead to the adventure of a lifetime.
A couple of weeks ago, I reflected on the importance of sharing your experiences to appreciate the meaning behind the events and exploits that make up your life. Furthermore, I saw a variation on this theme last week when watching Apple’s prequel to The Lord of the Rings, The Rings of Power.

In one scene, a very young Galadriel, played by Morphydd Clark, attempts to persuade reluctant warriors to join her in her quest to save the Southern Lands. One of her persuasive arguments is, “Alone, it’s just a journey. Adventures must be shared”.

I argued in my earlier post that sharing creates meaning when we do something, so I found this connection between meaning and adventure remarkably insightful.

Working together

There is a common thread that runs through the Rings of Power story and the story of the Great North Run I used to illustrate my earlier post. On most occasions, we are more successful when we do things together. Walking alone is a journey, and there is no denying that it is essential from time to time. However, we are built for connection, communication and sharing. Teams and partnerships can achieve more by working together than an individual can by walking alone.

Sure, sharing your ideas can leave you vulnerable and being part of a team will require you to tone down your ego from time to time (or else it ceases to be a team), so contributing to a joint effort can be uncomfortable. However, this is how life becomes an adventure, not just a journey.

How to have an adventure

So, as you set out to create change and make a difference, consider whether sharing your ideas with someone or forming a partnership, however informal, might make it easier to achieve your goal. The reward, after all, could be the adventure of a lifetime.

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