The Angel Oak – A metaphor for ongoing personal transformation
Have you ever felt that some relationships in your life (personal, business etc.) have been mostly one way traffic? Have you attracted individuals that said all the right things but did exactly the opposite? Have you ever worked for an organisation that has promised you the world evangelising that you are part of the “family” only to be treated like garbage sometime down the track?
Learning to let go of toxic relationships is an essential part of healthy self-awareness. Like the majestic Angel Oak tree with its countless strong branches it also occasionally needs to shed some of them in order to strengthen itself. The Angel Oak’s short-term loss is less weak branches, however the tree only gets stronger in time with the new branches it grows. People are also similar, sometimes we also need to shed our “branches”; friends, colleagues, employers, clients, even lovers); this way we allow new and possibly healthier ones to grow and prosper.
The same can be attributed also on beliefs and other negative self images we may have of ourselves.
Without falling into the trap of sounding “airy fairy”, we attract much in our lives from the “energy” we send out, and its healthy to occasionally take a stocktake and ask what have we attracted in our lives that we are ready to discard, like the majestic Angel Oak.
I encourage you to give it a shot.
Jon Michail is Group CEO of Image Group International, an award winning author and recognised as Australasia’s No 1 image coach. Image Group International supports executives, entrepreneurs and their organisations to become iconic and monetised leadership brands.
He is a regular commentator in international media organsations ABC, CNN, NBC, Harvard Business Review, Entrepreneur, Success, The Financial Review and Vogue.