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Chapter 10. The Journey Completed - Pg. 91

91 Chapter 10. The Journey Completed We must not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we began and to know the place for the first time. --T.S. Eliot He set out on the journey with the best of intentions and with true determination. He would discover the place of peace, contentment, and fulfillment. This wonderful land was out there: He would find it, and then return to his hopeful, hard-working people and bring them, too. Then all would at last be released from their toil-laden and imperfect existence. He traveled long and hard; he crossed vast deserts and the highest of snow-capped mountains; he fought with wild beasts and defended himself against strange and hostile peoples. Still he could not find the wonderful land for which he searched. At last, one day many years later, he wearily entered a land that seemed somehow peaceful. It was pleasant to look upon, and yes, the people were quite friendly. Somehow the land seemed new, yet comfortably familiar. He enjoyed himself for several days while he recovered from his long travels and regained his clarity of perspective. Then one morning, having significantly recovered his faculties, the strangest of sensations went through him. This land had seemed familiar because it was the home that he had left behind so many years before. The people had not recognized him because of his greatly increased age and weather-worn features. Once realizing who he was, they were in a state of excitement and curiosity to know of the wonderful land of peace, contentment, and fulfillment that he must surely have discovered after so many years. They had waited so long for his return so that they too, might go there. Slowly the man responded to their questions. "Yes," he said, "there is a wonderful land and I have discovered it. It is not as I thought, though. You see, to go there is to be here --we were there all along but did not see." "Well then, you have wasted many years and our hopes have been in vain," the people cried. "And look at you-- you are but a shell of the fine physical specimen you were when you left." "It is true," said the man. "I have traded many years of my life and a large portion of my physical strength for the realization that the wonderful land I sought in vain was mine all along. But I say to you, it is the best exchange I have ever made. You too can enjoy the contentment that I now know if you will but travel, not foolishly as I did, but with your mind into your heart so that you might know your soul." We have now completed our journey together, and we hope you have found it worthwhile. Before you lay this book aside, though, there are a few more ideas we would like you to consider. The following discussion will primarily address personal effectiveness--what it is and where it comes from. Also, as an added bonus, this closing chapter will briefly consider how to go about improving your world by contributing to the self-leadership of others, and some thoughts concerning self-lead- ership possibilities for the future. Personal Effectiveness "Tell me, oh great one, why are you so triumphant and able in your every endeavor?" asked the admirer. "It is because I believe that I am so," he responded in a powerful and confident tone of voice. "But then tell me, great one, why do you believe you are so triumphant and able?" "Because I am, " he responded confidently. At this the admirer scratched his head and thought for awhile. Then he asked, "Are you triumphant and able because you believe you are so, or just because you are ?" At this question he turned to the admirer with a faint trace of a smile on his face and a gleam in his eye that said the admirer had asked well. Then he said, "Yes, I have already told you so."