Learnings from the Story of the Touchstone… Intentionality

In the blog, A Gift of Inspiration, is found the story of the Touchstone. It speaks about a book that survived the burning of the ancient Library of Alexandria. A poor man acquired it and found within it a thin strip of vellum. On it was written the secret of the “Touchstone.” This Touchstone, a small pebble found at the seashore, was said to have the magical power of turning any common metal into pure gold.

The man was captivated and allured by this possibility and sold everything to spend time at the seashore to find the stone. One by one he raised a pepple to feel for warmth, discarding it into the sea if it was cold. He spent weeks and months doing this. One day, however, he picked up a pebble and it was warm. He threw it into the sea. He had formed such a strong habit of throwing each pebble into the sea that when the one he wanted came along, he still threw it away.

So it is, at times, in the lives of great leaders, when their resolute focus on a goal becomes so internalized and deliberate that it becomes a habit. Its pursuit becomes transformed into a rote activity whose special purpose and importance is minimized. The lesson learned from this for great leaders is be always intentional and vigilant to one’s purpose and goals. John Maxwell writes: “If you want to reach your goals and fulfill your potential, become intentional about your personal growth. It will change your life.”

It is this intentional mindset that adds vibrancy and intensity to the ordinary and seemingly mundane in life’s journey. It is this which is the great leader’s eternal flame that brings focus, clarity and priority in all that they be and do.  May you embrace it that you may be attentive and sensitive to the warmth of all the magnificent touchstones in your life.

Have a beautiful day, a magnificent week and a peaceful and Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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