Good | Bad | Rad #44

A look back at some of the best, hardest and most surprising parts of my week. Plus a few of my favorite photos taken during the week. Sometimes, they’re even relevant.

The Good 

Bringing Summer Inside. After all the fantastic weather we’ve been having recently, things changed back to our more typical spring weather. The clouds rolled in and the rain came down. Luckily though I brought home a bouquet of sunflowers at the beginning of the week, so even if it’s a little dark and gloomy outside, it’s bright and cheery inside.

The Bad

Extreme Tiredness. This week has been colored by a deep tiredness. I don’t know if it’s about hitting the peak in my marathon training and beginning the taper, or my periodic sleep deprivation catching up with me, or something else altogether. All I know is that I had to embrace the nap this week in a big way.

Osprey nest on a utility pole near Kelley Point Park - the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers in Portland, Oregon

Seen on my last (really) long training run: Osprey nest on a utility pole near Kelley Point Park - the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers in Portland, Oregon

The Rad 

Explorers & Players. I never know who is going to show up on my monthly coaching classes. In fact, I often don’t know who’s there during the calls. Except for the people that choose to raise their hand and ask a question or volunteer to be coached. Although, I often don’t know who the callers are either, since they don’t have to identify themselves if they don’t want to. At any rate, with every call, I love this surprise and challenge.

Who’s going to be there? What will their issue be? How well will I be able to help them?

I think that’s why I’ve done them now for over two years. Each month I trust that at least a couple of people will show up with a willingness to share their issue, and get coached through it. And, every month they do. I have so much respect for people who are willing to do this. To have the hope that things could be different, even after just a few minutes on a phone call.

On the Avoiding Avoidance call this week, several people took that risk, showed up and spoke up. And from the feedback I’ve received so far, action is being taken (rather than avoided). We also ran a bit past the end of the hour.

Perhaps it’s time to shift the format, and have more time for coaching.

Looking back at the St. Johns Bridge in Portland, Oregon

St. Johns Bridge reflected.

And you?

What were the Good | Bad | Rad parts of your week? Share them here, in the comments, or on the Perception Studios Facebook page.

 

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