i follow the blog lateral action - mainy because i am a big fan of anything that involves creative thinking. i always need challenging and encouraging to come at things creatively. i was struck by a recent post are you looking for a turtle with a moustache? which by the way doesn't exist! here's a section of the piece that will give you the idea...
When you want to be a great novelist, but you can’t face sitting at the laptop day after day, struggling to get the novel written, you are looking for a turtle with a moustache.
When you want to be a great actress, but you avoid auditioning because you can’t face rejection, you are looking for a turtle with a moustache.
When you want to be a famous artist but you think your art should sell itself, without any effort on your part, you are looking for a turtle with a moustache.
Or when you want to have a thriving business, but don’t want to get your hands dirty with sales and marketing.
Or when you love someone but wish they would change a few of their irritating personality quirks.
Or when you want to be a successful blogger, but don’t hit ‘publish’ because you’re afraid of criticism.
Whenever you want the juicy reward without paying the price, or facing the unpalatable truth, or doing the hard work, you are looking for a turtle with a moustache.
Whenever you think your work exists in some kind of pure spiritual dimension that has nothing to do with the grubby realities of life, you are looking for a turtle with a moustache.
we probably all find ourselves caught in this from time to time but i guess i was reflecting on it in relation to mission and pioneering. maybe it's something like...
when you want to be a pioneer but don't want to engage in issues of sustainability, ongoing support and structures - turtle with moustache!
when you want to take on a role paid for by the church as a pioneer but don't want to engage in church politics - turtle with moustache!
anyway you get the idea - add your own in the comments whether to pioneering or whatever else it is you are doing...