I invite you to join with me in a quiet reflection. So often the reference to a tangible metaphor helps us align our ideas. Where you see yourself on this climber – a foundation rung, an apex cable, away from the pole, or buttressed right up next to it – you and I each hold a seat on this network, each seat as valuable as the other.
In my earliest days, my seat was one of disabling shyness. In hindsight, that one word, “shy,” contained so much sensitivity, possibility, drive, and discipline that my current acceptance of her gives rise to a paradox of gratitude.
Most recently and triumphantly, I unleash that confidence as I graduate from University of Wisconsin’s coaching program! I not only give voice my shy part, but also my observer part, my sociology part, and my creative part! I celebrate so many more options for navigating the social networks near and far that few would suspect the angst that disabled me.
My insight into this journey into creative freedom allows me to ask you about your journey from the perspective of a fellow traveler. Hints that I have acquired: wear your favorite shirt, keep a drafted essay nearby, carry a token of your most important intention, or increase your oxytocin through positive and focused dialogue with another.