Team Orrin Woodward and LIFE – The Hunter and the Quail
It is Thanksgiving morning and it’s one of those days I get on my knees and thank my creator for his grace, my family and Orrin Woodward and the LIFE business. Through the team leadership training system, and the mentoring of Dan and Lisa Hawkins, my wife and I were able to leave our jobs as a pharmacist and physician and run a leadership business from home. One of the many blessings of our LIFE business is we can home school our 3 children and I would like to share with you a story from one of the world history lesson.
We were studying the ancient city of Mohenjo-Daro, a city of approximately 40,000 people, one of the largest in the world at that time. It was located in the Indus River valley (modern-day northwestern Pakistan) from approximately 2600 BC – 1700BC. Among the many archeological finds were large grain storage facilities, citadels for public safety if the city was attacked, in-home toilets and drains (that was my favorite fact – I wonder if they read while busy:)), public baths and so on. What I found the most interesting was how this ancient city disappeared around 1750 BC without any record of what happened.
Archeologists found skeletons lying in the middle of the streets, as though people died instantly. It reminds me of the ruins of Pompeii, Italy, where the people were buried without warning from volcanic ash from the eruption of near-by Mt. Vesuvius. No one knows for sure what devastated Mohenjo-Daro, but stories passed down for thousands of years may give us clues. One such story is called “The Hunter and the Quail.”
Once, a flock of quail lived on the banks of a river. They had plenty to eat and drink, but they were afraid of the hunter who came every evening to catch them. He would creep up to the edge of the flock with his net and then leap out of the bushes. When the quail scattered, he would catch the nearest bird in his net, carry it back to his house and eat it for dinner!
One day the oldest of the quail said, “It is easy for the hunter to catch just one of us. But what if he threw his net over all of us? We would be strong enough to escape!”
So the next evening, when the hunter leaped out of the bushes, the quail all stayed in one flock. The hunter flung his net over the quail, but they rose up from the ground together, pulled the net out of his hands, and flew away, still side by side. All together, the quail were too strong for the hunter.
The quail were very pleased! Now they didn’t have to be afraid. Night after night, they stayed together, pulled the hunter’s net out of his hands, and flew away.
But soon the quail began to push and jostle at each other, as they crowded together in their safe, strong group. “You’re stepping on my claw!” cried one. “You’re rumpling my feathers!” cried another. “You’re squeezing me until I can’t breathe!” complained a third. Finally they scattered and the hunter, who had been waiting in the bushes, leaped out and netted them, one by one. As he headed back to his house, he said, “Together, they are free. But apart, they are supper!”
Does the story mean anything to the outcome of Mohenjo-Daro? We’ll never know for sure. We’ve probably all heard the wisdom of the ancient King Solomon, “A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Orrin Woodward has used the metaphor of the pencil. One pencil is easily broken, but many together a strong man can’t break. Even Hollywood has given us a picture of this metaphor in the movie Finding Nemo when Dora was helping her fish friends escape from the fishing nets. This ancient metaphor may or may not explain the fate of the ancient Mohenjo-Daro culture, but it does carry significance in the current state of American culture.
Last month I attended a lecture by Oliver DeMille at a LIFE leadership convention in Ohio. DeMille discussed the decline of freedom in our country and has dedicated his life to the study of freedom and the passing of that study to the generations to preserve and restore that freedom. DeMille believes we are on the verge of a world shift that is going to take us away from freedom unless a group of individuals and small communities come together as one to fight for the preservation and passing of that freedom to future generations.
DeMille stated that there are three historical solutions that can prevent the loss of our freedoms.
- Become successful entrepreneurs; a culture of independent owners.
- Become voracious readers (of good books that stimulate thinking and not just entertainment).
- Become community builders and tribal leaders. Groups of people with a unified voice and vehicle consisting of the previous two.
We don’t need that many people uniting together, DeMille states; only 1.5-2% of the population needs to be a part of this movement to sway the shift toward preserving freedom. But it will take a stronger resolve and different thinking, than demonstrated today, to achieve that shift.
The Indus valley civilization was made up of many independent, peaceful cultures as far as history can tell. That is all good until a more powerful, evil, force decides they want to take over. For decades the United States has slowly become a country of fractionated communities, individual homes living in a common area, with few bonds holding us together as a community. The winds of change are upon us. The smell in the air is one of force and control by an overpowering government that is quickly eroding our freedoms.
However, there is a group of dedicated individuals known as the team, which have spent years sharing a message of entrepreneurship (LIFE) and independent thinking through an ongoing leadership training system led by two of the top leadership minds in the world (Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady). Community building through the-team.biz and the-life-business are recognized as the business model of the future and an answer to pull our country back on track.
Let’s not become another devastated civilization that is unearthed thousands of years from now with only sports stadiums and theaters to represent our once great civilization. But, let them study the writings and thinking of your children and grandchildren that will carry the weight of a Cicero, Xenophon, Thomas Jefferson or Jonathan Edwards and so on. It’s time to start your journey into the world of the 21st century – welcome to LIFE.