The girl with nine toes

This is one chapter of my new book “The girl with nine toes” a story about personal growth.

So, now, I am really curious to see what happens this time when I go down to the river. I was thinking, while tying up my trainers. The same two bodyguards as yesterday were also getting ready to get onto the jogging path. I couldn’t help noticing how they kept looking over their shoulders to see what I was doing. They looked somewhat suspicious – or maybe they just thought I was going crazy. I started doing some stretching exercises and after a few minutes I started slowly jogging down the path. Once again I could feel the wind upon my skin drying the perspiration and I could hear the rhythmic sound of my feet and the calling of the birds in the trees. I could now see the place where I had fallen and without thinking, I turned off the track and slid down into the gully.
“Welcome back into the dreamtime, Turawwa!” said the old black man. “Do you have headaches again today?”
“No I don’t, old man, but I’d really like to know what your name is?”
“The people call me Baldwa which means the guide, but we don’t have enough time to talk about names now, we have to go, she’s waiting, follow me!”
We went down the same path and I had the same feeling of temperature change; all sound simply vanished. I had a feeling we were walking into a vacuum, where time did not exist. Baldwa turned his head and, leaning on his spear, stopped and pointed to the opening in the bushes where I could see the Murrumbidgee flowing.
“She is there, go and get a change!” I blinked and he was gone. I walked down to the river and there she sat on the same rock in the same position with the same half-smile touching her lips.
“Welcome back, Turawwa; sit down and listen. You are walking well on your path and the next challenge which awaits you will bring you even closer to yourself. Having a vision is like turning on a light. At this moment, you can see with the eyes of your mind the place where you want to go. You may call this your dream, your goal. Holding this vision inside your head will give you the power to keep going, regardless of the difficulties you will experience. This is your motor, driving you forward into the future. Now close your eyes and see within the path leading into the future. Do you notice the direction in which it flows? Is it as a silver river? Or a road leading over the mountains? As you allow this path to become clearer in time, imagine being able to see your vision floating back to where the path ends. Looking back, you are able to see and understand the many different steps that you took on this path, in time, to reach this goal, but as well as this, and even more important, you need to recognise the challenge that you faced before you took the next step, and to know how you did that exactly? What did you change? What exactly did you win when you made that step? And what exactly had changed in your life? Asking these questions brings you closer to your vision and gives you the answers to questions that you will face in the future. Be clear about which steps you take and whom you take with you. Notice which inner feelings inside of you, move you the most. Now imagine yourself standing on the bank of a wide river, on the other bank of this river you can see your vision. Yes! Not only can you see it, you can even hear the noises and voices that go together with this vision, you can feel it inside yourself, even taste and smell it. Your future, your goal. Now in order to cross to the other bank you have to use the stepping stones that you have laid out for yourself in the water. Take the first step only when you know you are ready.”
Listening to the sing-song rhythm of her voice I found myself going into something like a trance. I could actually see the river in my imagination. The colours were really intense and all noises were incredibly clear. I could see myself jumping to the first stone and I shouted out loud: “Courage!” And the girl with nine toes looked up at me and said “You have now reached your first stepping stone on your way to true leadership, now go back into your country and practice what you have learnt!”
“Mr Macmilan, Mr Macmilan, Sir, where are you?” I could hear them shouting from up on the jogging path, I leapt up the embankment and almost bumped into Rick .
“Here I am, men, let’s get back to moving the world!” They both looked at each other with that queer look they both had, and then, shrugged there shoulders
and we all started jogging back to the car.

Have the courage to speak upand know love

The girl with nine toes

THE FACTORY

Eitorf, Germany

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