An undelivered message/Nedoručená zpráva

December 18, 2011

Today, one of the biggest man of modern Czech history has passed away. In the morning of 18th December 2011, Vaclav Havel’s time in this world has ended. President, artist, philosopher, dreamer, noble human and a symbol of hope. There is much to be grateful for, this man has changed lives of millions forever…

About a year ago, I had a chance to write a letter that might have been delivered straight to his hands. I wrote several drafts but never sent it. Defeated by my own feelings of inadequacy I have missed my chance. Ever since, I longed that maybe one day, I will have a chance to speak to him, to meet him to spend few moments with him. Our meeting will never happen.

Through his presidency, plays, actions, values, consistency and dreams, he has earned respect of many in Czech Republic and perhaps even more abroad. Many of the things he believed were beyond his time, which perhaps made the last few years of his life difficult for him as he had hoped for his country to be much, much further along the journey he saw possible…

What would I have told him had I had the chance? “Thank you for all you brought to our country and to the world. And do not worry, we will continue what you have started…”

Havel’s own story perhaps fished today, but his dreams will continue to unfold way into the future…

May you rest in peace dear mr. President and may truth and love prevail over lies and hate…

 

Dnes 18. Prosince ráno,  Václav Havel, jeden z nejvýznamnějších mužů novodobé české historie odešel z tohoto světa. Prezident, umělec, filozof, muž s velkými sny a velkým srdcem, symbol naděje. Je mnohé za co mu můžeme být vděčni, svým životem ovlivnil životy miliónů lidí, doma a po celém světě.

Je to zruba rok, co jsem měl možnost napsat panu Havlovi dopis, který by se možná i dostal do jeho rukou. Napsal jsem několik zkušebních pokusů ale nakonec jsem jej nikdy neposlal. Poražen mými vlastním pochybami jsem propásl tuto jedinečnou šanci. Vždy jsem ale toužil že možná, jednoho dne se mi to podaři a budu moci se s panem Havlem setkat a strávit s mužem kterého obdivuji pár chvil. Naše setkání se ale bohužel již nikdy neuskuteční.

Během jeho prezidentského období, skrze jeho hry, činy, konzistentní hodnoty a jeho sny si Havel získal respekt a přízeň mnoha lidí, v České Republice a možná ještě více za hranicemi. Mnoho věcí ve které věřil nebylo dosaženo za jeho života což mu jistě posledních pár let ztrpčilo. Doufal že země kterou měl tolik rád a obětoval jí mnoho bude dále na cestě za niž bojoval.

Co bych mu řekl kdybych tu šanci přeci jen měl? “Děkuji Vám za vše jež jste přinesl naší zemi a celému světu. A nebojte se, ve Vašich myšlenkách budeme pokračovat.”

Havlův vlastní příběh možná dnes končí ale já věřím že jeho sny budou pokračovat dlouho do budoucna…

Odpočívejte v pokoji pane Prezidente a Ať pravda a láska nakonec zvítězí nad lží a nenávistí…

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Quiet Heroes

April 12, 2011

I just got back from an inspiring evening in Prague. Together with a friend, we had an idea to start Aikido classes for ourselves and few more people. Today was the third class with 11 people attending. A fun and meaningful evening of learning an art, with high, lows, learning and an inspiring discussion in a pub afterwards. A simple evening, not grandiose, not publicized or greatly acknowledged, just a simple evening of beauty…

But what is special about this story for me is that it took a third person to make this happen. Drawing on the initial intention, a dear friend of mine actually took the time outside of his ‘ordinary’ life and responsibilities to call up few potential venues and find the right one for us. He took the time to send few emails and where there was an intention he generated an action, a movement, a commitment. Without the simple few actions that he made happen, today and many evenings to come would never happen. He is my ‘quiet hero’. A person that made it all possible to transfer a dream, a possibility into a reality.

And it made me think. How many of such ‘quiet heroes’ are present in our lives? People who take an idea and make it happen without a need for acknowledgement, fame or praise, just for the idea itself, for the love and the friendship they hold towards us. Crucial people who move all of us forward without being the ones in front. Inspiring individuals who go little further than normal, because they get inspired by an idea, often not their own. The people who are fundamental to all the things we see around us.

How many people like that do I have in my life? How many ‘quiet heroes’ who have helped me on my way just because it felt right and it was something they unselfishly wanted to do? What are all such acts and choices in my family? How many people like this are there in Prague? In my country? In Europe? In the world? What are the stories of these ‘quiet heroes’, what are the little battles they have to fight every day to make things happen without ever having or even needing an acknowledgement for all that they have done? In our lives, in our families, in our communities; these people are hidden everywhere we go, if we spend a little time to look…

How many ‘quiet heros’ do you have in your life? Who are the people who have unselfishly helped you on your way by doing a similar thing to what my friend has done? And perhaps, to how many have you helped in the same way, consciously or unconsciously?

It is to all the ‘quiet heroes’ of our past, present and future that I would like to dedicate this post. Thank you with all my heart as none what is would have been possible without the actions you took at the crucial moment when they were needed…

Anywhere you are and whoever you are, you truly matter to me and to all of us. Thank you.


The Mosaic of 2010

January 1, 2011

As the first day of 2011 slowly winds to a close, and before the energy of its new beginning will fully sweep us ahead, I thought to briefly sit down and reflect on the year that just finished yesterday. It was a very important and interesting year for me and I am happy to share with you its echos…

First I have compiled a mosaic of pictures I have taken on my mobile as they year was unfolding. Everywhere I go and whatever I do, when there is a moment that speaks to me and that I want to remember, I take a quick picture. Looking back at the pictures above helps me to recall what a wonderful year it has been.

Second, I would like to share with you a list of few things I have achieved this year and that I am proud of or that influenced me in some way.

  • First of all, this year was a first year of my independent company, Tribe Network. Unsure about how everything will work out and giving it 6 month ‘testing’ period, I find myself at the end of the year still ‘alive’, sustainable and inspired to enter the next year. It is trully amazing and I am so grateful that I have followed my dream.
  • I have received a scholarship to participate in ALIA Summer Institute conference in Canada, taking a module by Meg Wheatley, Jerry Granelli and Jim Gimian called ‘Leader as a Shambhala Warrior. I also got to meet Otto Scharmer, Peter Senge, Adam Kahane, Marianne Knuth and many other trully inspiring human beings. Highly recommended to go if this sounds interesting…
  • I have designed and delivered 3 AIESEC LEAD sessions; at IPM in Tunisia, during AI transition in Rotterdam and at IC in India. Working with AIESEC leaders is trully an inspirational, humbling and empowering experience. The wisdom, openness and willingness to learn as well as readiness to critically look on themselves makes them trully exceptional people to work with.
  • Being a facilitator on the HSBC Next Generation Leadership Programme is trully an exceptional experience that always pushes me to the edge of my skills and knowledge and is one of the most inspiring projects I have ever had a chance to participate in. I am proud of the work I have done as a part of a larger Future Considerations team and carry with me many beautiful memories and inspiring moments. Most of all I am inspired by all the people I had a chance to work with and a pleasure to support on their leadership journeys.
  • Graphic recording in New York and London; I had a pleasure to use my visualization and graphic recording skills working with 2 dear friends and colleagues at Cecara Consulting. It was trully exceptional to see them work and make this happen together.
  • I had a chance to facilitate yearly planning for a start-up company. What began as a big dream and lots of ambition is now a well established and a successful company and it was great to plan its journey and then see it happen across the course of the year.
  • I have sold my first Czech leadership development programme together with couple of old friends at Develor. The programmeis set to continue in 2011 and is a great paltform to bring some of the things I learned abroad to my home country.
  • I have written and published my second book called ‘The Invitation’ in August. The book speaks about an inner journey that is required to develop global world citizens who have the level of insight, compassion and courage to move humanity forward. It is full of things I have learned and practices that helped me to get where I am and such is a great resource for anyone inspired by a similar journey.
  • I took part in several personal development workshops such as Systemic Constellations, Family Constellations, Nowhere Innovation event, Gregg Braden’s workshop in London, Seth Godin’s workshop in Amsterdam, the Samurai Game in Brighton as well as personal somatic coaching day. Developing myself is one of the most fun and wise ways to spend my time.
  • Towards the end of the year, I have moved countries to live full time from Prague. This is a very important move from me and I am really looking forward to being based in my home country for the years to come.
  • I have become an active member of the Hub in Prague, hosting a session about Modern world of Leadership, facilitating the leadership team and planning many exciting events and activities for 2011. It is great to have a ‘home’ in Prague full of interesting people and future possibilities.
  • I have taken an Essential Integral Course which is a very elegant and efficient way how to be introduced to one of the most complex frameworks that helps to understand the entire world of humanity’s past, present and future.
  • I have read interesting and stimulating books among which I can recommend Power and Love by Adam Kahane, Soulcraft by Bill Plotkin, Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle and Linchpin by Seth Godin
  • I have managed to be in my home town twice as much as last year and see more of my family and my little niece. I have also invited my mom to spend some time with me in London before I left. Very precious times.
  • Together with couple of AIESEC friends we have started a blog to help people live life of purpose.
  • And most importantly, I have managed to live through and learn from all the tough moments of the year. I have learned that the ‘lows’ are part of the journey as much as all the successes listed above and though there were many times where I wanted to give up, at the end It all somehow always works out…

Third, I have compiled a short eBook that has some inspiring texts that crossed my way in 2010. You can enjoy it here.

I would like to thank all of you who are part of my journey. It would be absolutely impossible to be who I am today and do what I do if it wasn’t for your words of support, encouragement, challenge and the love, laughter and inspiration you continuously provide.

Thank you 2010 and Welcome 2011!


One day of gratitude

September 10, 2009

Today I am grateful for waking up in my own bed as I know this privilige does not belong to everyone…

Today I am grateful for having the technology and resources to call my mom in the morning as I realize there are many families for whom this is not possible although they love each other very much…

Today I am grateful for my beautiful family, just as it is, for all we have and do not have, for all we have done and have not dare yet to discoveer, for all the love however hidden it might be at times…

Today I am grateful to take a bus to work as I know many people do not have the luxury…

Today I am grateful for working with people I admire, respect, for people I can work with, argue with, create things together, get inspired, have a laugh or just simply sit in silence together as nothing needs to be said…

Today I am grateful for my job that gives me a chance to aspire and dream every day as well as makes me go crazy in between…

Today I am grateful for getting my outlook mailbox down to zero and having that beautiful feeling that many people in the world would not even understand just because this invention is not present for them…

Today I am grateful for the social technology that helps me to know what is happening with nearly 1000 of my friends all around the world, to ponder on their discoveries and try to guess from their court lines how are they doing today?

Today I am grateful for the possibilities that are opening in front of me when I sit in front of a blank sheet of paper…

Today I am grateful for all the food I have a privilege to eat as it is a privilige that every 6th person on this planet can not have…

Today I am grateful for walking in the park and admiring beautiful trees playing with the wind as I pass along as if to say hi…

Today I am grateful for seeing a snapshot of a football game and for the joy of the team that just scored a goal, helping me to realize the value of playing games just for fun…

Today I am grateful for all who came before me and paved my path and for those who made it more difficult too…

Today I am grateful for the city I live in and for its beautiful streets and houses and the comfort it provides to me as I know not all the cities/places people live in are like this…

Today I am grateful for being on this planet and having a chance to live a life I have. Not better, not worse, not anything else than just mine…

Today I feel grateful because I know it was not a special day. It was an ordinary day. Yet what I got is that if one can be grateful and feel special on an ordinary day, there is something beautiful and profound at play. At the moment we have not figured out a way how we could all feel grateful and beautiful for our ordinary days today. Surprisingly it does not only depend on where we live, what we do and what we own, it is slightly more simple than that…

Today I feel grateful as I have been blessed to make the choices I had made in my life that lead me to this moment. I am grateful for your eyes scrolling down this maze of black and white characters. There are many possible ways for our future, for my future. Only time will show us what choices and creations will support us going forward and which will not. As will for me. Everything can change, at any time, maybe even tomorrow. Yet all is just what it is…

And for that possibility, I am grateful to share with you this deep moment of gratitude for an ordinary day…

What are you grateful for today?