Yesterday, I was waiting at a set of traffic lights, when I noticed a sign to my left. This is what it said:


Now I don’t think for a minute it was referring to live ammunition. With the camouflage design of the sign, an obvious guess would be that the company concerned, was selling ammunition for paintball. An activity that those of us who love to hark back to the days of running around wildly as children with plastic guns, perhaps pistols with loud caps or projectile water pistols, love every minute of, because it reminds us of a time when playful, dramatic fantasy could be our reality. And what fun it was indeed.

The interesting thing was however, that seeing that sign actually reminded me to become a bit more aggressive.

Well, I don’t mean getting upset with anyone and anything that was in my way, although I had nearly got upset (okay, a tiny bit verbally aggressive!) with the lorry that took forever to turn right and had thus caused me to be waiting at the said traffic lights in the first place.

But then I would not have seen the sign.

So, this is why I got just a bit aggressive: I have been having some intense conversations with someone recently, and this has caused me to realise that for some time, perhaps longer than I would have ordinarily chosen, I have been inadvertently running around without as much ammunition as I had thought. There can be all kinds of reasons of course, why you find yourself low or even completely out of ammunition.

It can be due to the fact that through no fault of your own, you’ve simply found yourself separated from your unit. Somehow, after a huge storm, surprise ambush or full-on fire-fight, you just don’t know where you are, and nothing seems familiar. You’ve lost your gear, your tools, your weapons; whatever it is that on a normal day, in normal times, are an integral part of who you are.

Almost everything that was familiar is no longer present and it takes some time to adjust, refocus and try and return to a place of familiarity. Or instead, find somewhere completely new.

To liken it once more to a war zone, you need to find some ammunition or you’re going to be in serious trouble.

The kind of ammunition I’m talking about of course, is the stuff that is not so much about destroying things in your way but instead gives you the confidence to believe that you can make it, despite all the seemingly insurmountable odds. The kind of ammunition that shows you a way over the wall that you sometimes find yourself having to scale.

Have you been in need of some ammunition lately?whatispaintball

Where are you going to get it from?

When was the last time you had a go at paintball?



Paul Hatcher

I am at heart, a communicator. I love to use words, whether written or spoken and maximise those words to hopefully, bring some encouragement - literally, to put courage into the hearts & minds of those who read or hear them. In my work as an executive coach, speaker, workshop facilitator, I love also to listen...deeply, and then respond with some encouragement.


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