Andrea Novakowski's Coaching Tip of the Week
Andrea Novakowski's Coaching Tip of the Week )
  June 18, 2004 
Contents In This Issue
  • GUEST ARTICLE:
    See the Wonder
    by R. von Oech
  • COACHING CALL TO ACTION
  • COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
  • A NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
  • ABOUT ANDREA NOVAKOWSKI
  • PASS IT ON

  • Brought to you by Andrea Novakowski, Master Certified Coach, Business and Personal Coaching for Corporations, Businesses and Individuals


    QUOTE OF THE WEEK

    "He who wonders discovers that this in itself is wonder."

    -- M.C. Escher

    GUEST ARTICLE:
    See the Wonder
    by R. von Oech


    As children we are awestruck by most of life. Everyday events -- from the chirp of a cricket to a telephone conversaton with far-away relatives - seem nothing less than miraculous to the average three-year-old. Yet, somehow, as we grow into adulthood, that sense of wonderment gets drummed out of us. Too many of us sleepwalk through our lives, focusing on trivial matters ("that car took my parking place") and get locked into narrow ways of thinking ("my way is the right way").

    Heraclitus' advice is to wake up to the wonders of our existence. What amazing things do you grasp? That the sun rose this morning and you're alive to enjoy it? That plants contain the pigment chlorophyll that allows them to store the sun's energy? That ingredients in the bark of the cinchona tree can combat the deadly effects of malaria? That your car brakes work virtually every time you use them? That compassion between human beings isn't all that rare? That wind chimes evoke childhood memories of spring rain? As scientist Lewis Thomas put it, "Statistically, the probability of one of us being here is so small that the mere fact of our existence should keep us all in a state of contented dazzlement" (von Oech, 2002, p. 94-95).

    Reference: von Oech, R. (2002). Expect the Unexpected (or you won't find it): a creativity tool based on the ancient wisdom of heraclitus. New York: The Free Press.

    Reprinted with permission from the OSU Leadership Center, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210 (614) 292-3114. http://leadershi pcenter.osue.edu

    COACHING CALL TO ACTION

    Do you see the magic in your life?

    This week as you go about the routines of your daily life, take a little time to be in awe. What surrounds us is truly amazing!

    COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

    June 20, 2004
    Dads, Happy Father's Day!

    Sunday is Father's Day. Take the time to honor this important role you play. As Shakespeare said, "It is a wise father that knows his own child."

    A NOTE FROM THE EDITOR

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    ABOUT ANDREA NOVAKOWSKI

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