Joel’s newsletter on Simple Lessons, October 14, 2009
An ezine about Creative thinking, Coaching, and Making a difference
I receive several other newsletters, and one of them recently listed Things we can learn from a dog. Here are a few of them.
Now these sound simplistic and cute, but when I think about them and you might agree with me, they really do make sense.
You may have also come across, All I need to know I learned in kindergarten, from the book by Robert Fulghum. I love these. Here are just a few simple lessons. (You can see the full list here).
These simple lessons make a lot of sense to me, too. Our lives can get very complicated, and we often forget the simple principles that we learned when we were young. There's a lot of trouble in the world, too, much of which would likely be resolved if people would follow some of these simple rules.
Now, my purpose for pointing out these out is not to try to convince you or anyone else to change their ways. I do believe that there is much wisdom in these simple lessons, but it's up to each individual to decide how they want to live their life.
The reason I'm writing about this is that I find it interesting that valuable lessons and principles can be found in places we tend to overlook. Who would think to learn from a dog how to live life? Perhaps dog lovers are more aware of what dogs can teach us, but most of us would probably look somewhere else first for our life lessons.
It is interesting that we can recognize simple lessons and valuable truths from kindergarten that apply equally well to us as adults, although we might express them in slightly more sophisticated language (or maybe not).
Similarly, I've heard of coaches and trainers that offer courses based on horse wisdom. While I haven't been able to find a nice clever list like "things we can learn from a horse", apparently horses are excellent mirrors of thoughts, emotions, and body language, and therefore have much to teach us.
I believe that the deeper lesson here is that there are fundamental principles to be found just about anywhere - all we have to do is to look and recognize them. And then apply them. Perhaps it's easier to recognize such principles in things that have not become too complicated, such as animals, kindergarten, children, nature. But they are still to be found even in complex systems, too.
Does that mean that you could learn useful principles and concepts from a stone, or a blade of grass, or a computer, or a game of tennis, or a comic book? I strongly believe the answer is Yes!
It might be interesting (and fun) to make a list such as, "Things we can learn from a stone / computer / etc." Actually, having worked with computers and software for many years myself, I've noticed several interesting principles about computers that could apply to life. Maybe I'll write about them sometime!
In the meantime, you might also enjoy these:
20 things I've learned from my cat
All I need to know I learned from my chickens
Everything we need to know we can learn from Batman
As a life coach, I wish I could make a list of everything one can learn from coaching. But it would be too long to include in this article. In another issue I'll list some of the benefits and expand on them. If you'd like to find out now, please give me a call. I'll be waiting to hear from you! You can reach me at 973-701-1007 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Creative thinking tip
Look for simple lessons in ordinary things. This is a more advanced creative thinking technique, but it can be very useful. Creative thinking is about finding new connections, and one way things are related is that they share underlying principles. They can be physical, economic, social or any other kind of principles.
Let's take an example. Consider a tree. What simple lessons does a tree illustrate? Here are a few:
Let's take something even simpler. How about a candle? Here are a couple simple lessons I came up with:
Looking for the simple lessons and finding other examples of them can really stimulate your creative thinking. Have fun with this!
Visioning Lab - are you ready!
Last week's Perspectives was about Visioning Lab, a teleclass series for developing your vision (life vision, career vision, or anything else that's important to you). There was an introductory call last night, and the series will continue on Tuesday evenings at 8 pm ET.
If you believe that having a clear vision can make a significant difference in your success, then I urge you to join! The cost is minimal for what you will get from participating.
Please go to VisioningLab.com to register. I look forward to working with you and helping you to make your vision become real!
If you have any questions about Visioning Lab, please contact me,email@example.com, or 973-701-1007.
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Quote of the week
"A hidden connection is stronger than an obvious one." - Heraclitus of Ephesus
This quote made me think. I do believe that there are many more connections than are immediately visible. That's a basic principle of creative thinking. But are they really stronger? Perhaps, because we can't see them, the hidden connections could grow to be very strong and we'd never know it. Maybe in the case of secret organization, the members intentionally keep their connections under wraps because otherwise they would not be able to easily carry out their mission. If this quote is true, then it would be a worthwhile effort to seek out where hidden connections lie.
This newsletter is written by Joel Remde, to receive this newsletter via email contact firstname.lastname@example.org. I welcome your comments and feedback; that will help me learn what you’re interested in and also make this a better newsletter.
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