November 26th 2007

Back to Basics

We’re gearing up for the last 5 weeks of the year – a combination of celebration and over-indulgence. January is traditionally known as flu season, but it is far more likely that it is our national hangover/bellyache.

Dates and times are our inventions as are their significance. There is clearly seasonality to them. We will pass from autumn to winter. Days will imperceptibly lengthen and, while winter enters, spring waits in the wings.

So it is a useful time to take stock, to assess the year passing and prepare for the next one. For me, it’s been a very meaningful year – a new grandson and another on the way; our youngest daughter married, our oldest with a new job. My oldest had her 4 th book published. I launched my new website, restructured my coaching practice and announced myself as an author. And there’s more and more. I’m looking forward to the best year of my life (so far) and hope that you are, too – to your life, of course, though it’s nice to imagine that you are also looking forward to the best year of my life.

So what is it like to get back to the basics? What are your ABCs? When I coach people on accomplishing their goals I always start with an obvious question. And it’s one we rarely ask ourselves or easily know the answer to: where are you now? What are your specific current conditions? I say, “suppose a friend called and asked how do I get to Cincinnati, how would you answer?” You would be amazed at how few people say, “where are you now?”

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Useful Quotes

"The beginning, as the proverb says, is half the whole."
Aristotle

"Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending."
Carl Bard

"All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning. Great works are often born on a street corner or in a restaurant's revolving door."
Albert Camus

"When there is a start to be made, don't step over! Start where you are."
Edgar Cayce

"The distance is nothing; it's only the first step that is difficult."
Marquise du Deffand

 

Creative Corner

The ABCs

Why do we teach the alphabet?
I’ve never understood
I never file a thing
And never need to know
The order of the letters
It seems to me it’s made
for classroom walls
And classroom rules
And the ease of reading
dictionaries and encyclopedias
And making faces out of letters

I suppose we have a need for order
To teach us how to learn,
To sing a song of letters
Before a song of sixpence
And yet it makes no sense
Except for one important thing
They give us all a place to start.

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