Can you hear your echo? Reflect on Barrie Shepley’s Personal Best Newsletter story about the echo:
A son and his father were walking in the mountains. Suddenly, his son falls, hurts himself and screams: “AAAhhhhhhhhhhh!!!” To his surprise, hears the voice repeating, somewhere in the mountain: “AAAhhhhhhhhhhh!!!” Curious, he yells: “Who are you?” He receives the answer: “Who are you?” Angered at the response, he screams: “Coward!” He receives the answer: “Coward!” He looks to his father and asks: “What’s going on?” The father smiles and says: “My son, pay attention.” And then he screams to the mountain: “I admire you!” The voice answers: “I admire you!” Again the man screams: “You are a champion!” The voice answers: “You are a champion!” The boy is surprised, but does not understand. Then the father explains: “People call this echo, but really this is life. It gives you back everything you say or do. Our life is simply a reflection of our actions.
When we engage in our work our work engages us.
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- Monitor your engagement during this week. When you decide to fully engage in work, even when you don’t feel like it, what does your overall engagement feel like an hour later? If you are like most people you will find the echo of your engagement strengthens you as you engage in your work.
Picture Credit: “His goal in life was to be an echo” by http://flickr.com/photos/dietpoison/204585367/