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Life-Long Learning: A Metaphorical Story

(c) Sylvia Henderson. All rights reserved. • August 13th, 2009 



A Metaphorical Story
(For Extraordinary People, and Motorcyclists, Too)

In other words, this story is for you!

Once upon a time in an alternate reality there were four motorcycles. In this reality, motorcycles were alive and they had names and personalities.

The first motorcycle’s name was Sel F. Steem. She was a Cruiser-style bike; confident and strong, full of chrome and steel and a “look-at-me” persona.  Mcycl009_cruiser
The second motorcycle – A.T. Tude – was a Chopper; a one-of-a-kind customized bike with a bad, bold, rebel reputation.  Motorcycle06_chopper
The third motorcycle – Elly Derr (say it fast) – was a Sport Bike; very fast and nimble. She was able to maneuver through curves and avoid obstacles with relative ease.  MCYCL008_sport
The fourth motorcycle – Phal O. Wer (say it fast) – was a Trail Bike, otherwise known as a Dirt Bike. He thrived on a life of ups-and-downs and traversed rough terrain on a routine basis. Sometimes he traveled paths laid by others; other times he blazed new trails for himself.  Mcycl012_trailbike

Each motorcycle lived its life being who it was. They interacted with others and did what they most naturally did best. There were times, however, when things did not go as they planned.They each faced obstacles and met their respective challenges. In doing so, they ran out of gas or wore-down their batteries. They needed a support system to help them recharge. They needed to periodically refuel to get fresh starts and regain nourishment. They needed “brain food” to continue their respective personal and professional quests and journeys in life.

Sel F. Steem, A.T. Tude, Elly Derr, and Phal O. Wer decided to form a motorcycle club as their support system. They called their club The Moto-Vators. They met regularly at a service station near them and pumped themselves up with the resources and tools they found there. This helped them acquire more knowledge, explore new ideas, gain different perspectives, learn new skills, and reinforce skills they already had. They considered this brain food their “cycle-therapy”. They committed to returning again and again throughout their lives while on their never-ending quests to succeed, grow and improve themselves. They set their paths to achieve their goals.

Elly Derr was so inspired and motivated by the resources and tools available to her that she felt it was selfish not to help other motorcycles in the world. She was even driven to help people, and to include other vehicles in this alternate reality. So she called on a resource that seemed to have just what the group needed – the tools that were springboards to personal and professional development. She collaborated to continually-update and add to the resources and tools she made available to anyone with the initiative to seek them out and learn.

This springboard to personal and professional development – this service station – is the home base for these tools and resources. The fuel tanks are constantly renewed.

Pick and choose the resources and tools most appropriate for you and your organization. Some cost money; some are no charge; all are priceless! When you are ready for much, much more, call the Chief (Sylvia Henderson) to help you meet your specific needs.

As any story should end…continue to learn.
Continue to renew. Continue to recharge your batteries.
And, just as Sel F. Steem, A.T. Tude, Elly Derr, and Phal O. Wer have done: they all lived happily ever after.

PS: How does your story continue? Create your own next chapters.

An original story by Sylvia Henderson
“That Motorcycle Lady!”
Motivated to lead; educated to succeed.
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