As gifted adults, we are always in search of a bigger challenge, more in depth learning, more skillful abilities. And when it comes to becoming better people, we search high and low for the best ways to do this as well. But sometimes what we’re really looking for isn’t hard to find. As a matter of fact, it may be hidden in plain sight…
If we want to be a better person today than we were yesterday then we need to do something to improve ourselves. So we read, we study, we analyze, we investigate, and hopefully we are content at the end of the day that our time was well spent. It’s good to do these things because they bring new perspectives and insights, but sometimes we don’t have to go that far to find a part of ourselves that could use a little brushing up.
When you aren’t sure what you should work on next, think about this story of the Jester:
The Jester would frequently ride across the border between two countries on his horse. Each time he crossed, he would carry a bag of precious stones and a bag of medicinal potions, for which he had a legal customs trading permit. When the guard asked him his business, he would reply, “I am a smuggler.”
The guard would search him each time and each time would find nothing unusual. The Jester became more and more prosperous on every trip and the guard became more and more suspicious, but he never found anything.
Eventually the Jester retired. The guard met him socially one day and asked, “Jester, now you have retired and cannot be prosecuted. Please tell me what you were smuggling that we never found and that brought you these riches.”
“Horses,” he replied.
What part of you can you improve that is hidden in plain sight? If you aren’t quite sure, your most honest friends and loved ones may be able to point you in the right direction. 😉