It’s the end of another teaching year and I am feeling the physical and mental tiredness that comes with it. Lots to wrap up; so much to do, so little energy to do it. Several months ago, I signed up for a professional development workshop scheduled for the end of April, in Phoenix, Arizona. So, in spite of the end of term tiredness I found myself headed for Phoenix.
I have never been to Phoenix. I know it is in desert country – hot and dry, most of the time. I can hear a snippet from an old song – “By the time I get to Phoenix”… running through my mind… but I am not leaving anyone. Instead, I am going on an EQ [Emotional Intelligence] adventure- five days at the Franciscan Renewal Center, Paradise Valley, Phoenix Arizona. As we fly south and east of Vancouver, BC, I have a window seat with spectacular views of the terrain. The Grand Canyon is still impressive from 30,000+ feet up!
It was raining when I arrived at the Franciscan Renewal Center [FRC]. It felt a bit like Trinidad and Tobago, tropical, except for the vegetation. The motto for the Center is “Paz y Bien”, [Peace and Good]. For me, the peace of the place was tangible.
I am here on an “EQ [emotional intelligence], adventure: to explore further the Six Seconds Model of EQ, adding more tools to my leadership toolbox. From the Six Seconds perspective , “Emotional intelligence is the capacity to blend thinking and feeling to make optimal decisions”. The claim is that emotions drive people and people drive performance. If this is the case, then EQ is key to understanding ourselves, and crucial to our relationships with others.
As I ponder the claims of EQ, I am reminded of the story of Lazarus. Jesus raises him from the dead and he comes out of the tomb, alive, but all wrapped up in the grave clothes. Jesus says to the people: loose him and let him go. I think it is safe to say that we all have things that wrap us up and hinder us from living full and free lives. Is it possible that EQ tools can be used to help walk in freedom? To be continued…
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