Tuesday 18 January 2011
What Do YOU Care For...?
The ICF recently started a global campaign called "I Care For..." where Coaches from around the world can speak briefly about what they care for. It's very powerful and moving. In fact it could become a movement in it's own right. The relevance for us here is despite what's going on recently cannot be ignored. We too need to reclaim our own identity and reconnect with our value system and the beauty of our own "Irishnessness"
Here's a link to a site where you can share the view of respected senior Coaches and what they care for; http://www.coachfederation.org/care/index.cfm/icfcare/memberscare
They say the question is the answer, so in attempt to answer one's own question what do I care for...? In a nutshell "I care for people to step into their own space by engaging with their own story to allow them tell that story to the world". It's been said that the world is full of stories yet the stories are all one. I agree with that, because it means that my story is at one with the Universe and I am an essential part of that 2 way connection. The fact I have my own story makes me unique the fact I have a story make me the same as everyone else. What I feel many people don't get is down to two fundamental questions that are difficult yet essential to answer; 1) What's the meaning of life and 2) what's the purpose of life..?
My answer to these questions is: 1) The meaning of life is to discover your own unique gifts and 2) the purpose of life is simply to use these gifts. The extent to which we engage with our own story fashions the richness of our lives and shapes the nature of our legacy. Legacy is in essence no more than contribution. That invariably means doing things for others (often on a pro-bono basis) which I believe is when we're at our best. That's when we tap into our own uniqueness, when we do this we don't collide with others in the world or the Marketplace because we are "us" and no-one else can do what we do, yet so many of us are afraid or unable to step out of our own shadow.
That's also why so many of us can't answer that question. We have no frame of reference and no sense of who they are so how could we speak with conviction on what we care for. So in these still slightly longer if dank and changeable days we find some time to answer our own unique questions we can add them to the list already existing. If nothing else it's a free exercise in clarity and only good can come from that! There may be 6.8Bn of us in the world but no-one will or ever has had my story so, why would I ever want to die with "my music still inside of me" as Wayne Dyer once famously said? No more than you I wouldn't but why do we wait when we don't know when the clock may stop ticking? So as our American brethren say "go figure..."