With each new endeavour there is often an item or event we use as a way of marking our entry to the moment.
Thinking back in time, perhaps we experienced the fun, or otherwise, of shopping for a uniform prior to starting a new school. Marking our entry into the world of work, we might have queued for a season ticket or travel pass to get us to the workplace each day.
Other milestones along our path to today will no doubt be filled with memories marking our entry into various phases of life. In some cases they could be linked to tangible objects. On other occasions a new concept, habit or way of thinking represented the marking of our entry.
The importance we give to whatever we use or have for marking our entry is a personal affair, and one possibly not so easy to put into words.
Sometimes, however, the symbolic act of marking our entry is a crucial part of the ritual of self-development. The graduation ceremony or retirement party, for example, come to mind. They act as reference points marking our entry into the successive stage of life. Over time we can choose to look back on them to reflect on how far we have travelled. Or maybe not.
Choosing to pause here is probably enough of a way of marking our entry to now.
Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer, CTI-trained co-active coach and freelance trainer, supplies professional and personal development through coaching, coaching workshops, marketing development training and English language training.
As an adjunct professor at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, Brian teaches a postgraduate course based on dramatic texts and elements of coaching to examine various work-related performance matters.
Performance skills at work (2015), Personal performance potential at work (2014), Coaching, performing and thinking at work (2013), Reflections on performance at work (2012), Elements of theatre at work (2010) and Training through drama for work (2009).