Have you ever seen planet Saturn through a telescope? A wandering yellowish sphere surrounded by large icy rings, orbiting carelessly around the same sun we call ours.
In Roman mythology, Saturn was the God of Agriculture, land works and harvesting crops. He corresponds to titan Cronos in Greek mythology, whose name comes from kreno, meaning “to practice balance”, “to govern”, “to rule”.
Seeing the giant Saturn through the small lens of the telescope, I had this overwhelming sense of self-awareness in the world. We human being are such fragile and brave creatures! Constantly surrendering and ruling at the same time!
Surrender to the ever-moving Universe out there while (trying to) lead their own changing Universe over here – thoughts, behaviours, skills, values, beliefs, decisions, purpose.
"The environment is everything that I am not" - Albert Einstein
This mere chance to be on Earth is our starting point towards diving into the outer space! Being here, we imagine what could be out there. And knowing the laws of physics here helps us make sense of the movement out there!
The more you find your SELF and your interests in the changes outside, the more you lead by choice.
Leading by choice starts with being SELF-aware.
Aware of our deepest purpose and needs. The dynamic of our relationships, desires, challenges and goals. The functioning laws of the symbiotic elements in our environment where we live, create, add value, connect, grow and make a difference.
Aware of our SELF – thoughts, feelings and actions that fuel our minds, hearts and bodies to move forward.
There is a part of us noticing “change is the only constant in the Universe”, just like ancient Greek philosopher Heraclit mentioned 2500 years ago.
Saturn is and isn’t the same icy ring planet while travelling through space. Just like we keep changing and turning on this learning path we call life.
Everything is in a flow of change, nothing stays the same forever.
So, how do I support my SELF in this journey of constant transformation?
One of the most effective instruments
to deliberately manage change is
C O A C H I N G
Change by C H O I C E
There are many words to express deliberate transformation or change by choice. One of them is very well seized by the syntagm “schimbă foaia”, a Romanian phrase literally translated as turn the page.
It means you are fully aware of the present – when and where you are in a situation – and decide to make a bold move by actively changing your mind, behaviour and attitude to respond differently in the context or start anew.
By turning the page deliberately, you become your own change maker!
Hence the name of our professional coaching program here: “Change Maker” / #SchimbăFoaia®!
I like this turn the page metaphor, not only as I have a special relationships with books and writing on paper. But because the word “page” in itself can lead to a multitude of meanings around the idea of change:
Be on the same Page (or Not), Take a Page of Someone’s Book, Turn the Page, Look Into A Different Page, Start a New Page, A Torn Page, Lifestyle Page, Facing/ Opposite Page, White Page Block Syndrome.
As technology developed, so has changed our own representation about page turning. Think about the insightful language expressions below that we use so often! It’s almost impossible to imagine a time free of web pages when these words were meaningless…
Homepage, Scroll Down the Page, User-Friendly Page, Switch Pages, Page Broken, Page View, Next Page or Page Not Found.
SELF-Conscious Compassionate Change M A K E R
The moment I noticed Saturn up in the night sky I realised we turn pages every day. Just like this giant planet moves around and around, in a very precise number of spins we see as chance.
Some pages we turn are random. Others unimportant. Others hurt. Others bring joy. Others raise doubts or regret. Others look like our only ticket out. And others make us better writers!
Though it may seem silent, turning the page is a loud inner process.
Change making starts with choosing the soil, planting the seed, incubating, watering the soil, waiting for the right moment to peak, defying challenging weather, staying still, feeding on the sun and finally arising at our own pace, part of a wider whole!
Page turning is similar to growing up like a small plant or a big tree: deliberately, on our own and completely against gravity!
So, what page do you want to change?