Quote of the Week

“Treasure your relationships, not your possessions.”
Anthony J. D’Angelo


by Christopher Gergen and Gregg Vanourek

Our relationships – the interpersonal connections we may have with a spouse, partner, family, friends, mentors, colleagues and others – deeply pervade our core identity. Our identity is a pale shadow without the people in our lives. According to the Zulu saying, umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu: ‘A person is a person because of other people.’

It is through the people in our lives that we find opportunities to serve, learn, grow, share wisdom, find solidarity, and celebrate what we can accomplish together (Gergen & Vanourek, 2008, p. 45).

From: Gergen, C. & Vanourek, G. (2008). Life entrepreneurs: ordinary people creating extraordinary lives. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Reprinted with permission from the OSU Leadership Center, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, (614) 292-3114,

Coaching Call to Action

This week take the time to honor the relationships that are important to you. This can be done in so many ways: a letter of acknowledgement, a special phone call, a prayer, and/or lending a hand. This week take time each day for the people in your life who have helped make you who you are.