Taking note

July 17, 2022

Taking note of where we are, we can see how life consists of individual moments linked together.

The wholeness of each instance is often only understood when we step back or participate in hindsight. By taking learning through these simple yet effective approaches, life expands to what it is we believe it is in our hearts.

Working the lessons obtained into strategic actions ensures our efforts are directed towards priorities aligned with values.

The problem, in many cases, is that we don’t give ourselves permission to engage in these activities.

Why it is difficult might be related to a fear of reflection. Many people prefer to keep moving regardless of the actual direction they are going.

Certainly, this is an option, and if people are happy with this, that is fine. But are we?

If taking note of where you are right now is important to you, and you’d like to explore this issue as part of a free no-obligation coaching discovery session, do get in contact.

Kindest regards.


About Brian

Brian Groves DipM FCIM Chartered Marketer, Coach, Trainer and Author, supplies professional and personal development to a portfolio of corporate clients and individuals, mainly motivated young and mid-life professionals who wish to live their potential in education, work or life in general.

As an Adjunct Professor, Brian teaches the Università Cattolica’s International Curriculum graduate courses Leadership coaching: bringing potential to the stage of work and Personal marketing: performance skills at work, plus the course Mentoring success: the stage of work, being part of the Università Cattolica’s International Internship Program.

In past semesters, he additionally taught the Interfaculty postgraduate course Training through drama and coaching for work.

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May 27, 2010

Learning From All Around

“I have learnt silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant and kindness from the unkind.”
-Kahlil Gibran

I love those days in which everything comes together and each conversation, interaction, observation and experience in general provides input, ideas and pleasure, or at least reflection.

Like many I carry a notepad and pen with me. Ideas get jotted down throughout the course of the day. Maybe they will find their way into my work, or perhaps into an article here in the future.

Learning silence from the talkative might mean being prepared to listen to the words of others. Toleration comes from the intolerant when I let people express their ideas, even if I don’t agree with them. Kindness comes from the unkind in a similar way. Just recognizing each person is an individual, as I am, is a step to being open to the learning all around.

Yet it isn’t just about what’s ‘out there.’ Being open to learning opportunities to me means being mindful ‘inside’ of the now and being open to receiving the input, as a conscious choice.

Turning the omelette, I wonder what others can learn from me today? Am I the talkative, the intolerant, the unkind? Quite probably, though I don’t consciously desire to be so. A question of perspectives, certainly, and food for thought.

What or who has been your source of learning today? Dare I say hopefully not me?

Thanks for taking time out to read this.


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