ICEBREAKER: WHAT IS THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN?
From Oprah, by way of Maya Angelou: “When someone shows you who they are, believe them, the first time.” Followed closely by “I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.” (I prefer the whole quote, not just the last half.)
Also, from a fellow student in an online coaching course I took a couple of years ago: “Beware of people who are in your circle but not in your corner.”
Every word out of Brené Brown’s mouth … oh, and Colette Baron-Reid is brilliant, too! And Danielle LaPorte, her truthbombs are so good.
I surround myself with smart people (virtually as well as in-person) who have lived enough life to provide valuable insight. I recently read something online that said something like “don’t take criticism from someone you would never go to for advice” which is the absolute truth.
GOING DEEPER: IF YOU WERE TO DIE TODAY, WHAT WOULD YOU MOST REGRET NOT HAVING TOLD SOMEONE? WHY HAVEN’T YOU TOLD THEM YET?
Having recently experienced the heartwrenching death of the most beautiful man I’ve ever known, one who had so much left to say to so many – (he relayed much of it all to me to “pass along” but certainly not all) – I’ve been mindful to do a few things with a bit more regularity and conviction: tell those I love that I love them, I don’t keep a compliment to myself, I stand up for those who cannot do so for themselves, I’m spending more energy showing rather than telling, I am sharing my intuitive “hits” with more frequency and less fear of being rejected over it.