Another turn of life’s wheel is completing. We reflect. We celebrate. Then another turn begins. As you embrace the festivities of this month with family, with friends, with clients, how do you share this turning? How do you reflect and celebrate the year’s exploration and all that you discovered in the preceding months?
I was given a copy of the “Tao Te Ching,” translated by Jonathan Star, a few months ago. A simple read that now begins most of my days. Each read brings new perspective, with one verse – Number 11 – continually holding space. It feels to describe an aspect of coaching.
Wu is nothingness, emptiness, non-existence
Thirty spokes of a wheel all join at a common hub
Yet only the hole at the center
Allows the wheel to spin
Clay is molded to form a cup
Yet only the space within
Allows the cup to hold water
Walls are joined to make a room
Yet only by cutting out a door and a window
Can one enter the room and live there
Thus, when a thing has existence alone
It is mere dead-weight
Only when it has wu, does it have life
“Yet only the hole at the center allows the wheel to spin,” speaks the most of the essence to which we call coaching. For it is the hole, the emptiness at the center of our client’s Self, where one finds the spirit that brings forth that ah-ha, that moment one feels, as well as sees, where they wish to go.
So as you share the season with others, reflect on all these last twelve months has brought, and contemplate the infinite possibilities of the next twelve months, please know the authenticity that shines forth in your coaching is brilliant. It comes from a nothingness filled with all you have to offer this world.
Best wishes and blessings this holiday season!
Maggie French, PCC
Chapter President 2015-2016