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.
While seemingly disparate topics, all three links center on how you can best use yourself in light of some personal or societal level of dissatisfaction in order to create opportunities that were previously unavailable without the experience of this dissatisfaction.
The Power of Parlay grew out of Anne Deveraux-Mills sense of frustration that her life was missing authentic connections and that her unique identity was getting lost in the daily responsibilities of work and family. Then cancer, empty nest syndrome and the recession stripped all of her outer distractions away. She started a series of salons where women could honestly talk about what was important to them and ways that they could make positive changes in their lives and in the world. The Power of Parlay movement grew out of these discussions. Have a listen. Perhaps you too will be spurred on to do something that has been tugging at you for a long time too!
When most people think of being a stoic, they think of someone who either has fully repressed their emotions or who never had them at all. Neither characterization is true. Stoicism is about logically looking at a situation and choosing the outcome that will allow you to feel your best under trying situations. While in some ways the practice of stoicism is similar to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy it’s a deeper dive into the meaning we ascribe to situations and the conscious power we have to recreate our situations to work better for us and those around us.
The world is changing in ways none of us can imagine. We are in the midst of a technological revolution that will render most people’s physical labor and even intellectual labor superfluous. What will our world look like when machines do the bulk of our work. This is not a science fiction dystopia. It is the way of the world. Protesting is useless. Just as protesting the printing press, the automobile, etc. was useless. However, what isn’t useless is designing a world that works for us all that is not based upon commodifying our labor. How can we envision ourselves and our world in a completely different way? That is the challenge. Are you and the rest of us up for it?
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,