The village of Loreto Bay has been a long time coming. Through many obstacles and issues of seismic proportions, we have been waiting. Waiting for a village to be built. You might say our theme song has been “It Don’t Come Easy,” by George Harrison.
Nine years is a long time to observe what people do while they wait. Through these years of observation, it seems that people fall into one of the following categories:
The storytellers make up stories and spread them throughout the village. In the same way tribal folks would sit around the campfire and talk about the daily outcomes of hunting and gathering. In the absence of fact, people will invent and imagine. Some people have very creative imaginations, and love to embellish their stories. People flock to them to hear the latest rumblings and rumors. Some are accurate reporters working with truth and facts; others make it up as they go. Who doesn’t love a good story?
The worriers analyze every possible solution and come up with all the reasons why things won’t work. They play out every scenario and spin it far into the future, seeing a potential obstacle down every path. They agonize and fret that they’ve thrown their money, time, and energy away, and lose sleep over past decisions.
The believers hold the vision of a completed scenario. Although they may not jump directly into the fray, they see every small step as a sign of hope that it will all come to fruition. They believe that ten years from now we will all look back and be very thankful for the choices we’ve made.
The doers make things happen. They operate in present tense, put on their running shoes, tie their shoelaces, and hit the ground. Shovel at the ready, they locate the resources (human and material), and take whatever action is needed to get the job done.
The complainers will find something wrong even in perfection. They see things out of place, out of line and out of proportion, and may not even realize when they’re speaking out loud, that every comment is delivered with a characteristic whine.
The pleasure seekers enjoy life. They throw parties, make the best margaritas, spend lazy time on the beach, dance at every opportunity and socialize to their heart’s content.
The mystics look for every sign of magic along the way. They live in gratitude for each hummingbird and butterfly that’s drawn to their newly planted flowers. They delight in every sunrise and sunset, as a sign from the Universe that enchantment is the path to enlightenment.
What do you do while you wait? Whether you’re raising a family, running a business, or growing a village, you may recognize several of these characters in your herd, your tribe, your community—and setting a place at the table for each one of these voices will ultimately build a rich and textured and vibrant community.