Taymyr’s Story: How to encourage the creative person in your life

People have tried to figure out when dogs and people starting walking together. There are a lot of theories out there.

My question is, what did people think when the first guy brought a wild dog to camp?

Let’s call him Taymyr. Imagine the looks he got. I can hear someone off to the side saying, “It’s finally happened. He’s completely lost his damn mind.”

Chances are this wasn’t the first stunt he had pulled.

I’m guessing there was some sort of rivalry between him and the leader of the tribe. We’ll call him Bastet.

I think we all have a purpose to fulfill,

destiny,

fate,

a calling.

There’re a lot of words for it, but I think they all point to one idea.

There’s something that needs to be done here that only you can do.

You might not be the best at it,

or trained,

or even asked to do it.

In fact, your doing it may be met with seemingly insurmountable opposition.

But still, there’s the little voice up there that is always talking about doing that thing.

I think in the days leading up to walking into the camp with the dog, Taymyr faced a lot of opposition.

To me, he’s as misunderstood as possible.

No one quite gets what he’s about.

“Why can’t he just act like a part of this tribe?”

We are all guilty of saying something like that.

It’s not our job to interpret someone’s passion.

Anyone in a position of leadership will be tempted to “keep things under control.” Though new ideas are welcomed on the exterior, when it comes down to it, we find it to be easier,

safer,

or better for business just to keep going like we always have.

You know the old quote, “Don’t fix something that isn’t broken.”

What we need to accept is that it’s not for us to understand someone else’s purpose.

A lot of the time, the only one that can understand the reason behind bringing the dog back to camp is in fact,

the guy who wants to bring the dog back to camp.

This is important to understand about your own purpose as well. We’re people and we like to receive the approval of our peers. Maybe some of us spend too much time trying to gain acceptance despite our outlandish ideas.

Maybe some of us spend far too much time pretending that we don’t want that approval.

Whatever the case, it never works.

Nobody quite gets it.

They think, “It’s a great idea but have you thought about doing it this way?”

I think Taymyr had a friend like that. Let’s call him Lupus. He was on Taymyr’s side, but still thought there was a more reasonable idea than bringing the dog back to camp.

Here’s the thing, Lupus was probably right.

And for a second,

a semester,

or one life-draining job, you believe him.

And it’s devastating to see it fail.

It can be extremely difficult to believe in our own purpose.

It’s probably due to lack of self confidence that is the result of years of being told your ideas aren’t practical,

unreasonable,

need work,

or are just stupid.

When words like this are spoken over us, we snuff that little spark inside that wants to dream big; the part of us that knows we have a purpose beyond anything we’ve seen done before.

It’s why we have to be so intentional about the words we speak when Taymyr says, “I saw the dog again today and it really got me thinking.”

In those moments, our job is to encourage explorative thought processes.

The best way to do this is by allowing one another to have space to think and imagine.

This isn’t a time to ask questions like, “But what about finishing school?

How are you going to pay for that?

Didn’t you just say you were over that last week?”

I think there was an old woman in Taymyr’s village who he loved.

She hardly ever left her front porch,

her eyes were just barely open,

and she moved quite quickly for a woman her age.

I think one day, many years ago, she had a crazy idea like Taymyr. Not many people would visit her, but Taymyr always went to her to vent. He knew in her presence he could speak freely without worry how he sounded.

So when he walked in with that dog, she stood up smiling.

Taymyr’s story is all of our stories.

I think we all have seen the dog while we were outside camp.

I think we all have thought about bringing him back to our house.

I also think most of us have given up on that.

We’ve spent too much time comparing ourselves to Bastet and now we desire something else entirely.

Or maybe Lupus has completely convinced us to pursue a half-hearted thrift store version of the dream we once had.

In the end, both leave us feeling empty,

depressed,

and hopeless.

The feelings of uselessness that follow should be a sign that we aren’t pursuing our true use (i.e. your purpose).

So I encourage you; find the old woman. It may be a person, a group of friends, a different school.

Then, bring the dog back to camp. And when you do, walk calmly and confidently as you control the beast that no one else could.

-The Ideas Guy

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