A Passion for Playfulness

Posted by on Jul 19, 2012 in Coleen's Blog | 0 comments

I am in the first third of a Coaching/Mentoring course – working towards Associate Coach Certification {International Coaching Federation http://www.coachfederation.org/} and as part of this course which is being brilliantly facilitated over the phone by Beatrice Cooper  {www.dougsilsbee.com}  there are opportunities to practice coaching on the spot with people you do not know. Talk about intimidating – at least for me. During our session this week – Bebe invited us to be the coach and/or the client. Yikes – total silence – each of us waiting for someone else to volunteer. Then she said something that spoke to me , “not everyone will have an opportunity to practice and it is a great learning experience.” I took a deep breath and volunteered to be the coach – with the caveat – that I would dive in through my commitment of living bravely, playfully, creatively everyday …”  Holding the work with a sense of playfulness and lightness created a rich learning experience for me. I was able to stay open, listen and learn.  I  invite you to consider where  in your life you might find space for playfulness?

It is paradoxical that many educators and parents still differentiate between a time for learning and a time for play without seeing the vital connection between them.” Leo F. Buscaglia

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.”Plato