SETTING AND SHARING THE VISION
Leadership and self-leadership are based upon the leader's philosophy. From the philosophy comes:
- Setting and Sharing the leader's vision, and
- The goals, structures and processes resulting from the vision.
We talked at length about the implications of Aroha’s terminal illness and the effect upon our lives, individually and together. This was followed by our decisions on what we saw as our vision for this period – seeing the illness as a gift of knowledge and gift of time. This would allow us, even drive us, to maximise the knowledge base so we fully understood what was happening and what was likely to happen, and to fulfil the increasingly rare months, weeks, days and hours. Our vision was to enjoy each other fully, as we always had, and to enjoy our family and friends and The Grove, our special home.
We were committed to the most positive belief we could have about the leukemia. Having each had the challenge of cancer previously we were committed to seeking the positive elements of our remaining days rather than fall into negativism. Aroha epitomised this day by day in remarkable smiles and statements. We underpinned our vision in these ways…
THE ATTITUDE CREED
CANCER IS NOT SO MUCH AN ATTACK UPON OUR BODIES AS A NEW CHALLENGE FOR CELEBRATION OF THEM.
WE SHOULD NOT SEEK TO HAVE EVERYTHING GOOD THAT WE WANT BUT SEEK TO WANT EVERYTHING GOOD THAT WE HAVE.