Welcome to the first 2005 edition of the Clarity Success Coaching
Welcome to 2005! For the past three or four months I've
been working on a series of articles for the Club Managers'
Association of America's 'Outlook' publication. The articles
have been focused on the concept of building a personal
foundation. And although I haven't reached the point of the
discussion where I talk about the importance of building a
strong family and a strong community those pieces of my
personal foundation have really shown up in the month of
On the day after Christmas, we call that Boxing Day in
Canada, we woke up to hear some news of the enormous,
devastating wave that hit distant shores in southeast Asia.
Although the information was a little vague in the beginning,
we all know the magnitude of what happened that day. A few
hours later that day, on a personal note, my family received
word that my wife's mother had passed away. Rose, my wife, had
been surrounded by family with her mom for about ten days
prior to her mothers death and on the day we got the news we
were surrounded by our family and friends. Two days after her
mom's funeral, on New Year's Day, my mom suffered a heart
attack and it was now time for my family to come together.
Now that it's a month later, I look back on what happened.
My mom is back home, although at 88 years of age what happened
has taken a toll on her. The outpouring of concern, support
and flexibility (particularly from my clients) and constant
contact from concerned friends has really shone a light for me
on the power that building a strong family and community can
For Christmas one of the gifts I received was a book called
"From Me to We". A brilliant book by Craig and Mark
Kielburger. In the book they talk about what happens to us
when we reach out to support others. When we go beyond
ourselves to care and support those who need it. To see what
nations of the world have done to support people who were
victims of the tsunami is inspiring and to hear of the work of
these two young authors and the thousands of people who
support them in the community they built is a tremendous
lesson. In this new year, take some time to think about the
communities that you have.
I'd like to challenge you this month with a series of
What communities are you involved with and
what communities support you?
What do you do on a daily
basis to support others?
Who do you need to call or
contact right now because you've been thinking about
Is your community your town, your country, your
industry, the world?
Who in your community or family
needs to hear your voice?
The way people have reached
out to me and my family has inspired me to continue to reach
out to others.
If you have built castles in the air, your work need
not be lost; there is where they should be. Now put
foundations under them.
Henry David Thoreau
From Me to We by Craig and Marc Keilburger
In 'Me to We' you will discover stories about people whose
passion is infectious and whose life lessons are profound. You
will learn that the self-help culture that has shaped so much
of modern life has led us up the wrong path with its focus on
"me" and not "we". As the many people who have contributed to
this book can attest to, the road to happiness and fulfillment
is a much different road.
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