Teaching Smart vs. not LO13577

Richard C. \ (olypolys@nwrain.com)
Sun, 11 May 1997 13:45:09 -0700

Replying to LO13556 --

on 5/8/97, jamesleitheiser@sprynet.com wrote:
> james leitheiser wrote:
> >
> "'These people' that Ben works with learn every day; indeed, they have to
> learn every day in order to keep from going stark, raving mad. To
> describe in chaos theory, non-learning implies a static attractor (the
> same thing, forever), or a periodic attractor (the same cycle of things,
> without the slightest perceived perturbation) over and over and over...So
> they do learn (they must), they just show no desire in learning what we
> want them to..."

> On Fri, 2 May 1997, MargMcI@aol.com wrote:
> >I related strongly to what you were saying and the frustrations you have
> >in this job.
> >
> >In a message dated 5/2/97 5:38:20 AM, Ben wrote:
> >
> >>Working with people like this is a very draining experience. I give myself
> >>to them all day, and go home empty.

James (Ben and Margaret)--

I empathize. I truly enjoyed your response, James. I could only add
that, when I feel the way Ben says he feels, I am projecting myself into
the lives of others. Quite honestly, my agenda and interests are simply
not shared by everyone (or even most). I coach, teach, counsel and listen
because I want to (for me). When my heart grows weary, I need to look
within to determine if the energy and interest are still there. Sometimes
it's just time to move from the current structure to a new one. There are
several books which have helped me considerably, in dealing with this same
phenomenon and the feelings they engender. I thought I'd share them here,
with you, in the event they might be useful to someone else.

"The Heart Aroused" by David Whyte (reminded me of my heart, soul and need
for creativity).

"The Web of Life" by Fritjof Capra. (reminded me of the wholeness of
life--a great systems book).

"On becoming a servant-leader" by Robert Greenleaf. (re-opened my desire
to listen more than I speak, to reflect deeply and live within my personal

"Corporate Tides" by Robert Fritz. (made me aware of the structural
dysfunctions--in organizations and lives--and reminded me of the power of
vision and self-awareness).

All three books are in print (and in libraries). They are soul-enriching
books. Peace be with you all and--Enjoy!

Richard C. "Doc" Holloway, Limen Development Network

"My theology, briefly, is that the universe was dictated but not signed." -Christopher Morley

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