Category: Experiments

In the mood for Ideas

In the mood for ideas A mind stretched by an idea can never return to its original dimensions. -Ralph Waldo Emerson   It’s a great quote. And a hopeful one, too. I’ve been coming up with different ideas, many of them currently disconnected from the others. Some are related to coaching, others to being a mom, most to having an impact in other people’s lives. Also, there’s a wish to bring goodness and beauty to the world. And to savouring moments and being happy with what is and fighting for what could be.  Maybe, at some point, all these ideas will...

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We failed

Today, we failed. He died alone. And we all became a little bit poorer, a lit bit less human. I can’t imagine the despair or isolation he must have felt. What were his last thoughts? What is this all about? A man drowned in Venice. There were many people, many tourists around. They didn’t help. Instead, they took their phones and cameras and recorded the event. The people shouted “let him die”, “swim back to your country”. And then, in front of everyone, watching and recording it, he drowned. In the meantime, a boat was nearby and threw him a life ring. He refused it. Maybe because that was his intent all along; maybe because of what he was hearing. Perhaps a combination of both. He died. I wonder what happened in that moment. Did people watch him go under and waited until it was clear he was not coming back to the surface? Did they just keep walking and taking pictures of the beautiful monuments? Maybe they wondered if they should or could have done anything to prevent this? Who knows, maybe some felt a hint of guilt, although now it was too late. Initially, the man had escaped his own country and was asking for refugee status, to be accepted in Italy. However, the request was denied. He was 22 years old. Was he a father? Was his family eagerly waiting...

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Finish line

The final milestone to the Coaching Certification has started.   This evaluation consists of eleven sessions of Observed Coaching and professional feedback.   Today was the first session and it was very good to see other people coaching. There were many different styles and approaches they used. I took great tips and realised that I am happy with many aspects of my coaching style.   One of the highlights was the Observer. She was awesome at giving constructive feedback. She made sure that the message got through while keeping the receiver motivated.   Giving feedback is hard and it...

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Written Exam: Checked

I just finished the required written exam to become a certified coach. It was actually a lot of fun despite my discomfort in studying and actually getting started. It is yet another example that will hopefully help me remember that often the anxiety preceding an evaluation is really not worth it and things end up being way more as one would normally expect them to be rather than how we fantasise and agonise about it sometimes. Anyway, it’s done and well done and it’s one step forward. All the written assignments and projects are submitted, the theoretical classes attended...

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