August 2015

Early birds

27 August 2015

It was not even 5 o’clock when I was woken up this morning by enthusiastic and cheerful twittering coming in through my open bedroom window. It was as if all blackbirds, tomtits, finches, siskins, sparrows, robins, warblers, wrens and fellow feathered creatures sang their joy as loudly as possible, since a beautiful and promising sunny day had dawned. Despite the terribly early hour it was a true pleasure to listen to their concert. It sounded so vibrant and energetic, so catching.

Now that is a fine start of the day, I think. I should do this more often myself. I promise myself to think positive and grateful thoughts every morning when I wake up, instead of what I’m dreading that day. To jog my memory our alarm clock is programmed to produce bird sounds for our wake up call.

If you want to grow into a new habit quickly, link it to an exisiting one or something that is already in place, a trigger. Otherwise it may not work at all. Establishing a new habit purely on will power is very difficult, even for strong-willed persons (like me).

Those cheerful early birds can teach us a thing or two!

Today another one from the garden. I bet you have never heard of ‘Chenopodium giganteum‘, or ‘goosefoot’, so called for the shape of the leaves. ‘Giganteum’ is also quite appropriate as this plant  becomes positively gigantic, hence probably its other nickname ‘tree spinach‘ (the green leaves are edible and taste like spinach). Another well chosen nickname is ‘magenta spreen’ because of the brightly pink colour of the growing tips, looking as if sprinkled with glittering magenta dust. In short, it makes for a striking presence in the kitchen garden.

A few years ago an acquaintance gave me some seedlings, which I planted immediately. The following years I did not see them anymore and I completely forgot about them. Until this year, when the plants popped up in their colourful splendour between the courgettes and cucumbers. It seems that the seeds of the tree spinach remained underground during all these years, waiting for the right time to germinate. They were there the whole time, invisible to the world but ready to sprout given the right conditions. Isn’t that incredible?

This is how it often goes with human talents as well. These can also live below the surface for years and then suddenly unfurl. I experienced this first-hand with my talent for coaching. I never thought this would be something for me, but it has always been there, when I look back on it now. You can read my story on my website. My seedlings had also been waiting for a long time to germinate, but a year or so ago the conditions were apparently right.

In this germination process I served as my own coach, assisted by the many books I read and the online seminars I followed. Now that I’m a coach myself, this is what I treasure: letting people discover their other, sometimes still hidden talents and stimulate them to let their seedlings grow into beautiful plants.

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