Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Sometimes it is almost magical

Today at work I had one of those kiddo sessions where beauty flowed.

Some meanness was going on. With some instigators, I was able to create a discussion process where those around my table brought up all the factors in the meanness, imagined what the other kiddo felt, were aghast at the thought of what it would be like to be the picked on kid, dug deep inside to name actions they thought they could do better-----and even were spot on when I wondered aloud if there were actions they thought they should be doing LESS of.

Each wrote a sticky note reminder of the personal action idea they'd come up with. We picked a date on the calendar to get together for a check in - - -and to have them tell me what they discovered in their experiment.

Won't it be interesting to hear their learnings as they run the experiments to use their personal power to made a GOOD difference in their world.

But back to the title of this post.

Sometimes the counseling process is better than useful. Once in a while I get to be part of a peak moment where there is an exquisite shift. Like two and two equal more than four. When careful listening and gentle inquiry work respectfully together to bring out the receiver's personal wisdom - - -it is a reverent thing to witness.

I am grateful.


  1. Good job, way to go on your counseling skills.

  2. What a beautiful talent you have, LD, for careful listening and gentle inquiry. I'd like to have watched the process.

  3. What great experience to have someone help you imagine what another might be feeling and then act appropriately. :) I think you did perform a little magic in their lives.