The Character Movement

Unexpected, Courage — A poem

We have all felt, at least once, the feeling of things escaping our control.
Stress comes to our bodies; our biological alarms are triggered.
In some ways, anxiety and fear can become our closest and most loyal partners.
It seems that anything that we didn’t expect must be completely wrong.

The unexpected unsettles.

The unexpected can be a normal part of our days or our weeks.
But there is always a special and terrible moment when the
Unexpected shakes our minds to the point that we think —
There is nothing that we can do.

And this can be even harder if there is more than one person involved.

When something is just about us, the solutions can be easy.
Sacrifices —
We can accept them quickly because whatever happened,
We will be the only ones responsible, the only ones affected.

But —

We are not always alone in life.
If we are lucky to have people close to us in our different circles,
Everything changes.
The problem — the unexpected — doesn’t cloud just one perspective.

When I was younger, I used to think that I could do everything by myself.

Life has shown me that many times, to have a partner, a teammate, a counselor
Can be better than having just me.
It took me time to accept the idea, but everything started to change
When I met the coworker of my life.

Little by little, every decision became a team decision.

This was great; better than I could have expected.
Working as a team is not always easy, but it depends,
On how much effort you use to make everything work, and more than work —
I mean … to get results that make everyone happy.

But, what happens if you are on a team and things still get out of control?

What happens if nobody is responsible for what is happening — the unexpected?
From my experience, I think to be human and to have a self-preservation instinct,
Makes us act as if we need to survive every situation,
In the best, and sometimes unrealistic, way.

Have you ever thought that sometimes the unexpected is nobody’s fault?

Sometimes life is just doing her magic,
And we just need to accept that we cannot always be in control.
If we pay attention, we know that one of the last options we have
Is to realize that the unexpected is not our fault —

But in our hands is the solution.

By Eliecer Camejo


This year, on The Character Movement, we are trying something new. We’ll be delving into one of our retreat values each month, examining it on our blog and in our Character Challenges. This month’s theme is courage.
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