After writing the personal Tale 📝 of Sally-Anne Airey and transforming the website of www.skilfulleaders.com, we ended the process by illustrating an experience on the mountain 🏔 that epitomises the core of her, her organization and her offering:
It’s late winter and as we walk through the mountains with our guide, he pauses ⏸ and points out a willow tree.
All around us is evidence of avalanche damage. Several other trees 🌲 are uprooted, and yet this willow tree is still standing.
The weight of the snow ❄️ may have bent its trunk right over, but it’s now stable and upright again, its roots firmly grounded and its trunk bending and flexing in the breeze.
For a few minutes, we watch its branches gently swaying.
That evening we gather to reflect on the day’s events. One of our group offers us a new mantra:
‘Be more willow’
Whatever life throws at us, she says, if we adopt a grounded, stable, yet adaptable posture, we can regain our balance and come back to our calm centre – just like a willow tree 💪🏼