General Awareness

General Awareness was hiking through the woods when Major Distraction came zipping along in a jeep and caught up with him.

“What are you looking for, General?”

“Everything,” replied the General, “and nothing in particular, just keeping my eyes open. At least, nothing I can really define right now. I’m sort of, wow, you got that jeep tricked out pretty sweet.”

“Thanks for noticing! Yes, and it’s faster than walking, you can get where you’re going easily with it and find just about anything around here; want a ride? I can take you anywhere you want to go, and we can find whatever you’re looking for! Look, up ahead, there’s a great view of the valley,” Said the major, bouncing in his seat.

“It’s very nice, but, I think I’m looking for someone who’s afoot; I think I’ll have to walk just to remember what or who it is, and besides I think you have to sneak up on it,” said the General.

The Major roared away laughing. When he was gone, the General sat for a few moments gathering his thoughts. Then he gazed up into the trees. He looked at them one at a time, but soon, he saw the forest. “Ah, there you are,” he said, “I knew you were right around here somewhere.”

“Yes, I’ve been here all along, hiding in plain sight. But you can always find me just by being yourself,” said a voice.

“You’re always so good with your camouflage, Colonel O’Truth!” Said the General with a smile.

“Would it be any fun to find me if I wasn’t?” Replied the Colonel.


Now that, right there, that’s Colonel O’Truth if I ever saw it.


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The author lives in Goshen, Indiana with his wife and four children. He is self-employed as a leadership coach working with business executives, writers and other artists, and spiritual leaders. His clients enjoy business growth, increased vision and purpose, work/family lifestyle balance, and freedom from writer’s block.

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