The Man Who Planted Trees


Another year is coming to a close and I’ve been thinking about how thankful I am for each one of you.

Each one of you that I’m in touch with, each one of you that I’ve had the pleasure to work with throughout the year, gives me motivation and inspiration to keep doing what I’m doing.

What we all have in common is that burning, passionate desire to see the world becoming a better place, and this is why we so tirelessly keep working to do our part.

I feel honored and privileged to be working alongside you – as your coach and as your fellow difference maker.

You and I have been called – and that’s a privilege that not everyone can call their own. Because you said yes and have the courage to follow that call, the world is changing day by day and a better future for generations to come is being built!

Recently I’ve read the story of “The man who planted trees”, a novel written by Jean Giono. It talks about how one lonely shepherd reforested a whole area that was desolate and barren, by continuously and tirelessly collecting oak tree seeds and planting them, year after year. With his spirit of generosity and tenacity he was able to change a whole region for the better. I invite you to put aside some time to watch this award-winning animated short film (30 min long) that tells the story. Sit down, make yourself comfortable and enjoy watching!

This story made me think of each one of you. You are the ones that are planting the “seeds of positive impact” year after year, facing obstacles and challenges, maybe not even seeing fruit for some time. Yet you keep plugging away because you deeply believe that you can do something to make this world a better place.

For that, I want to acknowledge and honor you. You are tops in my book and deserve to be celebrated!

Take some time during these last few weeks of 2016 to see how far you have come in your endeavors:

  • If you’re just starting out, reflect on how the vision has become clearer this year so that you’re actually ready to take action.
  • If you’re already fully immersed in a project, think about all the little and big steps that you’ve taken that have moved the project further.

Having done that, get excited about and imagine what’s going to happen in 2017!

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