Stepping Stones Coaching
Stepping Into Transition
   April 2005  

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A Culture Of Kindness

What A Coach Can Do For You

This Month's Quote

Published by Philip Okrend, CPCC, Certified Personal And Professional Coach

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   Dear Readers,

Welcome to Stepping Into Transition, the newsletter designed to help you navigate your way through the challenges of change into an authentic and empowered life.

  • A Culture Of Kindness
  •   I just returned from a trip with my family to Costa Rica, a wonderful country with great ecological and cultural diversity and natural beauty. I want to share an incident which gave me some great perspective about living a purposeful life.

    We had rented a car for our trip and on the very first day as we headed out to view a waterfall garden near the city of San Jose, the car broke down in a small town. Within a few minutes, some residents of the town saw what had happened and offered to help us. One man in particular went to a nearby garage and brought us a battery. The battery wasn't the problem and we called the rent a car company to come and replace the car. In any event, this man stayed with us for over 2 hours communicating with us in Spanish. He didn't speak any English. I did my best with my High School Spanish and Berlitz phrase book. We were able to communicate, but it wasn't the language that was important. What struck me was this man's warmth and genuine desire to help us. When the rent a car people finally came, I offered this man some money for his kindness but he didn't want any. He was simply happy to be of service to us.

    During the rest of the trip I found a genuine warmth from all the people I encountered. I realized that what was important to these people were relationships and the nurturing of community. When I returned home, I thought more about the ideal of a culture where kindness is passed on from one person to the next. I was touched by what I saw and I believe that genuine human connection is what we most want and what we will most remember about our lives. This tapestry of human warmth is what will give sustanance to everything else we strive to do and accomplish with our life. Without it, all the money, fame or external signs of success are just a pale substitute for the depth and potential of the human heart.

  • What A Coach Can Do For You
  •   This article which appeared in the February issue of Business Leader Magazine discusses the power of partnering with a professional coach to achieve your most important goals in life and in business. Yours truly is interviewed in part of the article. Enjoy.

    Business Leader Coaching Article

  • This Month's Quote
  •   "Be The Change You Want To See In The World"


    I hope you enjoyed this month's issue of Stepping Into Transition. Until next time. . .Phil

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