Happy New Year, L’Shana tova! The Jewish new year, 5772 started on Rosh Hashonah 2011 and is an opportunity for new starts, to right wrongs, to improve life.
I am a wanderer and I take the opportunity for new starts as often as possible. I wander on foot and through conversation and have ended up in interesting places to say the least . Conversation is the best way to travel when my feet are grounded, conversation based on listening and two-way communication. Communication leads to connection and there is amazing strength in connections, and opportunity for new starts of relationships and ideas. Identity(tour)5772 is my new start this year as I build connections through conversation with Eastern Europe Jews, explore Jewish identity, and, what makes each of us ‘us’.
I’ve been exploring identity my whole life, personally and professionally – and it’s great fun. I think uncovering identity is like putting together a puzzle that changes as we enter new experiences and while interacting with other’s identities. Me, I focus on internal and external identity including how our human nature mimics the laws of science and nature and is part of our individual and species identity (check out http://www.humannatureconcpts.com beginning in December.)
Identity is complex, but I think it starts within. There’s a saying ‘the way you do anything is the way you do everything’ and that includes how each of us wanders through life – and communicates and behaves. As a communication and conflict management coach, I help people identify ‘the way’ (I use the DiSC profile http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DISC_assessment). DiSC explains that ‘anything’ and ‘everything’. The other vital tool I think is so interesting for defining a life journey are values: what we ‘need’ in our life to focus goals, conflict, and even manage money.
I look forward to 5772 being the year where connections build strength, good communication blossoms into good conversations, values-based journeys lead to strong identity, and our human nature embraces our humanity.