It’s time for another installment of my bi-weekly email series. In each issue, I share three resources that I have found to be helpful for myself and/or my clients. As a former librarian and a current voracious gatherer of helpful information, I’m constantly listening to podcasts, reading books and articles, and watching various videos that spark my interest.
Imagine that you have undiagnosed Asperger Syndrome and thus you miss all the emotional and social cues that neurotypical people take for granted. However, since you are undiagnosed, you have no idea that you are processing the world differently than most people. A friend convinces you to get tested to see if you have Asperger’s. You get tested and are then diagnosed. Later, you then take part in an experiment that uses neuro-technology to allow you to temporarily experience the world in a neurotypical fashion. Imagine what it would be like to have your whole frame of reference for how you experience the world change almost immediately. What would it be like to see the world in a totally different way but be unable to sustain the change permanently? I’ve listened to this podcast several times and I still remain fascinated.
Doing Justice: A Prosecutor’s Thoughts on Crime, Punishment, and The Rule of Law by Preet Bharara is a wonderful book. It is entertaining in that each chapter is an in depth narrative about a case that Bharara tried during his tenure working at and later running the federal court of the Southern District of New York. The SDNY is getting a fair amount of attention these days not only for the good work that they have done over the years, but also because of Donald Trump’s business dealings and the fact that he fired Bharara for reasons that have yet to be explained. Besides writing about his cases as if they were each self-contained mysteries, Bharara writes passionately about character, the role of the rule of law, and how to act with impeccable morals and ethics in order to do his job and humanely serve the law.
Stasia Savasuk claims that she “broke up with style” when she was in her teens because she couldn’t find a style that was appropriate for her. However, as an adult, she found the practice of “inside out congruency” to totally change her experience of style and its importance in her own and others’ lives. Five years ago, I had my colors done. For years, I didn’t believe that knowing which colors best suited me would make any difference in my life. Much to my amazement, they created “inside out congruency” for me and thus I have been more confident, powerful, and attractive than when I wore clothing whose colors detracted from my essence. Rather than seeing style as something superficial or unimportant, style can not only change your appearance but also empower you in ways that you might have never imagined.
Thanks for taking the time to read this newsletter. If any of these resources elicited any thoughts or feelings that you’d like to share with me, please contact me. If you like these emails, feel free to share them with other coaches, friends, clients and people walking the transformational path.
See you again in two weeks,