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Seeds of Possibility
Posted on Thursday, July 29th 2010 - 8:35 AM by Christina McFaul

One of my favorite metaphors for a dream realized is that of an acorn sprouting and growing into a magnificent oak tree. When I was growing up, we had three huge oak trees on our property. My father used to collect the acorns, put them in a recycled butter cup, and give all of our guests a baby oak tree on their way out the door.

During my week observing The Horizons Leadership Program at Snowbird, we were supposed to find something that symbolized our leadership journey. Saturday morning on our descent from the Hidden Peaks Summit, 11,000ft, I picked up a pinecone. Not thinking much of it, I put it in a friend's backpack and later it was returned to me. I went on my last nature walk in Snowbird that evening and reflected on the significance of the little inch long pinecone. This is what I wrote when I got home:

"The Pinecone is a protective housing for a handful of seeds. I call them "Seeds of Possibilities." Each little seed is protected and nurtured until all the conditions are just right; at that time the seeds are released into the world with the potential for Greatness. With the proper care: fertile soil, sun, and water, the seed will grow deep roots, break through the top soil and grow to new heights."

The vision that I hold for this trip is that all 50 of the participants take everything they learned about themselves, working in teams, leading with their heart and share that with the world. You never know what a little seed could manifest into.

What kind of seeds are you planting in the World?


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