Welcome back to the season of renewal. It is the time for finding new routines and creating vibrant rhythms in our lives. As I watch the magnificent colour parade of changing foliage, feel the crispness in the air, and smell the autumn notes of pumpkin-spice lattes – my eye is drawn to the single floating leaf that glides along an unknown draft, heading gracefully to the ground.
And I think “Freefall.”
No, I am not a scientist and I was curious as to why this particular word came to mind so I looked it up. Freefall, in mechanics, is the state of a body that moves freely in any manner in the presence of gravity.
Okay so there were a few other definitions such as “the part of a parachute jump before the parachute opens.” I was intrigued to read “An object in the technical sense of the term “free fall” may not necessarily be falling down in the usual sense of the term. An object moving upwards would not normally be considered to be falling, but if it is subject to the force of gravity only, it is said to be in free fall. “
And that is what I’m feeling within my ICF Vancouver Island Chapter work right now – Freefall. I am trusting in the feeling of weightlessness as the board and I dive into chapter offerings, engage with our members, and look to co-create the future. So, are we moving upward or, are we falling down? Sometimes it’s a bit of both.
Feeling a Rush
It is a joy to savour connections as I make personal phone calls to former board members inviting them to share their perspective on the history of our chapter. As the pieces of our history slowly come together, there is momentum for a focus on the future. I take a deep breath and ground myself in the present.
Presently, I am stretching my own coaching skills by mindfully applying several concepts I have discovered through workshops and webinars over the past several months. Specifically, I have been concentrating on three levels of conversations from Judith Glaser’s Conversational Intelligence, Polarity Thinking and the Magic of Metaphors in coaching. Big thanks to Diane Lloyd, Laurie Hillis and Lily Seto for challenging me to expand my thinking and coaching practice.
Falling in Love All Over Again
So where were we on this idea of freefalling? Oh yes, there is movement that comes with this season. Our chapter work is now finding that fall rhythm and sometimes it’s just closing your eyes and jumping. Check out the remainder of this newsletter to catch some insights into the regional webinar we offered on Relationship Systems Coaching and reflections on our local chapter Breakfast with the Board event.
We also wanted to check in on the ups and downs of our chapter activities so we put out a short member survey to hear how things are landing (pun intended) for you. As we look to the future, we want to know how to better serve you, so thanks for the feedback.
We are ready to dig in (or should I say “jump in”) and discover what is possible for 2018. So buckle on your ‘shute because there is more opportunity for you to get connected and fall in love with coaching all over again.
“So let’s freefall, see where we land.”
We want to ensure this chapter continues to thrive, which means rich conversations, deep learning, holding each other capable, suspending judgement and actively listening.
This is how, together, we will continue to advance the profession of coaching.
Now close your eyes, inhale and ask yourself…
“What’s the best that can happen if I jump in?”