In this month's edition of YOU ASK, WE'LL RESPOND, we explore the question of:
WHY ALL THE COLOSSEUM IMAGES?
Here's Tonyalynne's response:
1. WHEN I WAS A CHILD, I ABSOLUTELY FELL IN LOVE WITH THE COLOSSEUM.
My favorite global landmark, it covered my childhood walls. I hadn't yet read about its purpose or the ancient events which took place there to be given the nickname, 'arena of death.'
I WAS SIMPLY DRAWN TO ITS ABILITY TO BE A STRONG FORTRESS, ALL THE MORE BEAUTIFUL BECAUSE OF ITS FLAWS, SCARS, AND BROKENNESS.
As I learned about its history, I couldn't wait to visit and take in both its strength and sorrow in person.
2. After walking upon its stone and earth myself, I began to see and appreciate a deeper connection between my love of the Colosseum and this idea of embracing both strength and scars in life. Then I discovered this quote:
In the arena of human life the honors and rewards
fall to those who show their good qualities in action. ~Aristotle
3. FROM THERE ON, THE TERM 'LIFE'S ARENA' BEGAN SHOWING UP EVERYWHERE.
At least it felt that way. Since then, the Man in the Arena quote by Theodore Roosevelt has held great resonance for me, as has the research and transformative work of Dr. Brené Brown who has forged a global and essential dialogue on shame, vulnerability, and courage. Her work has deeply impacted my coaching and life with equal measure.
4. Sheryl Sandberg recently said, 'Brené Brown started a powerful conversation on vulnerability and laid out a path for us to continue this important dialogue and remind each other that we are not alone.' I wholeheartedly agree.
ALL OF US EXPERIENCE LIFE'S ARENA; ITS HIGHS, LOWS, AND IN-BETWEENS. HOWEVER, TO LIVE OUR BEST LIFE AND UNWRAP OUR HIGHEST POTENTIAL, CHOOSING COURAGE OVER COMFORT REALLY MATTERS.
THE COURAGE PRACTICE EXISTS TO CREATE A SAFE, EMPOWERING, COLLABORATIVE, & INTUITIVE COACHING SPACE FOR YOU TO DO EXACTLY THAT--PRACTICE COURAGE IN YOUR OWN LIFE ARENA WHEREVER MOST TRANSFORMATIVE FOR YOU.
So bring your vulnerability; I'll meet you there.
And together we'll practice courage.