Friday, April 28, 2017

Say What?

I’m life coach Peter Winslow. Lately we’ve been talking about powerful strategies and deep philosophies that can and do make a huge impact in your life. And now for something completely different. If you’re ready for a little humor, try this on:
In the spirit of levity, here's what I wrote to an emailer who asked me (somewhat sarcastically) about Eckhart Tolle and the power of the “now” moment. If the time is always “now" she asked, then why would we plan to meet for your class this weekend or for that matter—why plan anything at all?
I recognized this as a playful attempt to “stump the chump” and thus responded:
“One may believe we actually plan ahead but in essence we are swept along by great winds of chance, not unlike tidal currents born of the relational circumstances presently sensed and beseeching non-emotively nor resistently to be carried on them and verily, to add our knowledge and strength to the dervish sirocco rather than endeavor in the ineffectual and nugatory vanity of navigating against such forces whilst occasioning to observe the natural processes of ‘what is’ by modeling our outward activities upon the summoning of knowledge not simply of when and how to interpret, but also when not to act, presume, assume, or subsume said actions and their consequences in a grand primeval plan of hindsight and the banality of blissful innocence used to confine the self in an orchestration of reverse inertia intent to tackle whatever positively insists on ‘now’ being dealt with.”
To which she responded: "I see..."
'Nuff said. Should the winds of chance ever sweep you into our community, I look forward to conversing with you as well.
 –Peter Winslow

Friday, April 21, 2017

This is Only a Test

Hello I’m life coach Peter Winslow. The following is a test conceived by Charles Schultz, the creator of the “Peanuts” comic strip. As a life coach I often give this test to my clients as a tool to empower their self-image and self-esteem. Are you ready?
1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
2. Name the last decade's worth of World Series winners.
3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America pageant.
4. Name six people who have won the Nobel Prize.
5. Name the last five Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.
How did you do?
The point here is that none of us really remember the headliners of yesterday. Yet these are no second-rate achievers; they are the best in their fields. But the applause eventually dies, awards tarnish, achievements are forgotten, and accolades and certificates get buried with their owners.
Here's another quiz. See how you do on this one:
1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
2. Name one friend who helped you through a difficult time.
3. Think of five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
4. Name three people who made you feel appreciated.
5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.
That’s because the people who make a major difference in our lives are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones who most care.
The lesson? Don’t look back at the accolades you thought you should have gotten or the awards you should have won. Don’t even look back at the compliments you deserved to receive. Invest instead in a new tool for unlocking your potential and breaking through previous limitations. That tool is your ability to care, and to share it with someone who has never realized what for them is truly possible.
–Peter Winslow