I want to thank each of you visiting this web site for your desire to be a part of changing the conversation, in order to be a part of being the change we want to see in the world.
I’d like to share a very short story told by leadership guru Margaret Wheatley, who some of you may know from her seminal work LEADERSHIP AND THE NEW SCIENCE. In her book “Turning to One Another: Conversations to Restore Hope to the Future”, she tells this story from the Aztec people of Mexico.
It is said by our grandparents that a long time ago, there was a great fire in the forests that covered our Earth. People, and the animals started to run , trying to escape from the fire. Our brother owl, Tecoloti, was running away also, when he noticed a small bird hurrying back and forth between the nearest river and the fire. He headed toward this small bird.
He noticed that it was our brother the Quetzal bird, running to the river, picking up small drops of water in his beak, then returning to the fire to throw that tiny bit of water on the flame. Owl approached Quetzal bird and yelled at him: ‘What are you doing brother? Are you stupid? You are not going to achieve anything by doing this! What are you trying to do? You must run for your life!”
Quetzal bird stopped for a moment and looked at owl, and then answered:”I am doing the best I can with what I have.”
It is remembered by our Grandparents that a long time ago, the forests that covered our Earth were saved from a great fire by a small Quetzal bird, an owl, and many people who got together and put out the flame.”
Thank you all. I hope you will, like the owl, join the Quetzal bird and all of us who want to put out the flame of polarization, and learn to Talk Together.