A NOTE FROM CHRISTINA:
How are you holding up during these activating and accelerating times we are in? I'm deep into contemplating the state of our world and what the heck is going on. And, given that larger context, how best to direct my attention, skills and time?!
The crazy financial systems (how DOES another trillion dollars go missing?!). Attacks leading to super quick anti-terrorism bills (watch out civil liberties and privacy). Police brutality, protests and the increasing militarization of cities. Chemical companies trumping local citizen votes around environmental protections. Big pharma and governments making vaccine protocols mandatory. Wars in the Middle East continually ongoing with funds and organizing coming from where? (how does ISIS and its savagery bounce up like that? And don't get me going on the usurping of the feminine origins of that name). Ugggghhh. Uggghhh. And more uggghhh.
However, as a Strategic Planner, Facilitator, Coach and spiritual person ... I take solace in the knowledge that sometimes things have to get worse before they get better. Before the clarity of what is truly desired can be reached and organized around. And, making things visible ... truly drawing them out, is a step in creating a better solution. We gotta SEE what we are dealing with and we gotta get clear on our vision, actions and resistance too.
There is one thing I take solace in and that is the incredible people I have the privilege of interacting with everyday. Decent, smart, kind, knowledgeable, dedicated people who have great brains and big hearts. And courage, dedication and hopefully perseverance.
Who are working diligently in the areas they care about. In positions within big companies, institutions and governments. In schools, not-for-profits and other ventures. In small businesses and solopreneurships.
There is an army of white hats out there. And if you are reading this, you are one. Today's article is for you ... the individuals slogging it out in the trenches, many in positions as various types of Process Workers. Doing what we can to create decent lives for ourselves and to be of service to others and to create needed systemic change too. All of us doing our little parts CAN turn the Titanic ... we have to!
Yours in SHIFTing IT,
The SHIFT-IT Coach and Graphic Facilitation Mentor
IN YOUR WORDS: SEMA TEZAR
NOW MY VISUAL WORLD IS DIVIDED INTO 2 PARTS:
BEFORE AND AFTER TRAINING WITH YOU
- Professionally organized. Clearly informed to participate effectively;
- Highly detailed materials, perspectives, techniques, methods, samples, videos and other resources;
- Gave me a wide perspective about how can I integrate my landscape architecture, drawing, coaching, team facilitation and training skills;
- Satisfied my left brain: What the distinctions of the work are: recorder, facilitator, coach. What my strengths and weaknesses are. What my vision as a Visual Practitioner is and what I want to create for my practice here in Turkey and why. My next steps all wrapped up in a visual action plan;
- And my right brain jumped in to the depths of the visual ocean with Christina's leadership: listening, being in the moment, creativity, sharing, generosity, integrity, professionalism, vulnerability, flexibility, openness to learning, spirituality and alignment with visual / metaphorical world inside of me...
Fundamentals of Interactive-Visuals was a birthday present from my dear boss. I would attend the online seminars and then excitedly share ideas with my work team. With their curiosity and support I am integrating visuals into the consulting, training and coaching work we do with our clients. This has so exceeded my expectations ... I'm on my way!"
Sema K. Tezer
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LET'S MAKE IT THROUGH THESE CRAZY TIMES
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I've been chewing my way, as many of us have, through the crazy going ons of late in our world (financial strife, wars, violence, militarization of communities, disease, environment degradation, etc). The SHIFT is upon us ... its make or break time. Are we going to evolve to a higher level of being in this world... or not? I say yes, let's do it ... how about you?!
Process Workers Of All Types Are Needed:
Process Workers are people who work to make bad, challenging or in flux things ... better. They are the people amongst us who are drawn to the silver lining, to the brighter place that lies beyond ... to making the world a better place, through the slice that they have influence within.
Their influence may be larger --- like a leader of a country or region, a political party, a corporation or ministry. Or their influence may be more discreet, like a department head, manager, team leader or teacher.
They may be facilitators, coaches, counselors and the like who have been formally trained in process work.
Or, the informal influencers in networks, communities and families whom others naturally turn to for support and encouragement.
I've been drawn to Process Work for all of my adult life. And, in my roles as facilitator, coach and teacher I've had the honor of working with many groups and individuals grappling with change. And been privy to mentoring other Process Professionals.
When a Process Worker Gets Bummed Out:
While change work can be very inspiring and rewarding, it can also be very tiring and discouraging too. It takes a special breed of person to go where dissatisfaction exists with the intent to uplift and shift. To delve into problems hoping that, through the process, energy will change and solutions will emerge. Sometimes going where angels fear to tread
During these activating times, I do my best to not get overwhelmed and therefore immobile. Can't accomplish my service mission if my mindset is taken over by constant doom and gloom. But I also don't want to be a naive Pollyanna and overlook the seriousness of our predicament either.
When the going gets tough, there are a few concepts that give me solace ... that help me rally myself to keep going and to have an optimistic spirit about our chances for success.
Here are my thoughts that soothe me ...
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Let's Make It Through These Crazy Times
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