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The Power of the Unexpected

Take the Time

Quotes About Communicating

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About Lynette

Lynette Anneslia Turner is a Positivoligist™, author (The 10 Be's of Positivity), certified dream teacher with the Robert Moss School of Active Dreaming, a certified Angelspeake™ facilitator and arts management consultant who was raised in Anchorage, Alaska and presently resides in Milford, Connecticut. Also a motivational speaker, she is committed to helping people from all walks of life embrace a path surrounded with light and love, so that they may live a more fulfilled and positive existence.

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National Blueberry Ice Cream
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Affirmation of the Month
Communicating with others provides the opportunity to connect with, learn from and enjoy the company of others. I applaud the opportunity.

 

July 2010

Issue No. 20

The Power of the Unexpected

Unexpected - Causing surprise or wonder or amazement

As I made my way to my window seat on a flight home to visit family in Alaska and settled into my spot, the young man sitting in the middle seat extended his hand and said, "Hi, my name is Andrew, what's yours?" I was caught a little off guard by his enthusiasm and directness. We exchanged greetings after which he said, "I can't wait to see who is going to be our neighbor in the aisle seat."

Wow--this kind of unabashed expression of enthusiasm doesn't happen with great frequency and was refreshing. While some people settle in their window seat, turn their body towards the clouds and consciously avoid any interaction with others, I have never been one of those people. In this case, I was glad. This young man, who looked about 18 years of age, was actually 24. He had graduated from Columbia and was now doing research at Harvard. He was traveling to Alaska with his brother and parents for their first cruise along the Inside Passage, which was a last minute change in plans. They had originally planned to go to Italy, but cancelled the trip because his father could not get as much time off as he would have liked. Andrew's parents are from Taiwan and each year they spend a month there, as well as taking a trip to another part of the world.

This engaging conversation was unexpected. A really lively interaction with a stranger. I had to ask this young man for some advice. He'd figured out how to do something I hadn't. I asked him how he'd managed to do all of this traveling, yet have his researcher's job at Harvard. He said, easy--he worked remotely. As long as he had access to the internet, he could do his research via the web, take along any needed books for reference and send his work in from all over the globe. They did like him to come into the office once a month, but that was it. Hmmm--I liked the sound of that. He was full of life, funny, inquisitive and courteous. He was a delightful young man and before the six hour flight was over, the two of us and the passenger sitting on the aisle, could have played 20 questions in regard to each of our lives. This because of a willingness to engage in a conversation of which I had no idea of the outcome.

How often have you had the opportunity to connect with someone you didn't know and you choose not to? Didn't want to be bothered? Easier to avoid eye contact? Consider ... reconsidering. It's so much fun to interact with other people and hear their stories. You may have a gem of wisdom that you can share with them that really makes a difference and vice-versa. Who knows what you might learn or in what way you might be enlightened?


Take The Time

I went to work one morning last year and as I walked from the parking lot to the front door, a woman asked me what level we were on; she'd gotten off on the wrong floor when trying to find her car. We entered the elevator together, where we remained for 45 minutes, while every manner of people got on and off, as the elevator made several trips up and down. It turned out that we had a lot in common. We hit it off and have stayed in touch, getting together for tea and lunch.

It is quite an adventure to open ourselves up to interacting with each other--without knowing precisely what that interaction will bring. It could bring you a new friend, a partner, an unexpected insight, welcome laughter and countless other possibilities. It's a new day. Be open to a new opportunity and enjoy!

Quotes About Communication

"Deep listening is miraculous for both listener and speaker. When someone receives us with open-hearted, non-judging, intensely interested listening, our spirits expand."
Sue Patton

"To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others."
Anthony Robbins

"We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak."
Epictetus (Greek philosopher associated with the Stoics, AS 55-c. 135)

"Communication works for those who work at it."
John Powell

"To listen well is as powerful a means of communication and influence as to talk well."
John Marshall (American Founder constitutional law and the Supreme Court of the United States. 1755- 1835) 

MANY THANKS

My heartfelt gratitude to all of you who took the time to vote for me in the Oprah "have your own show contest" and a special thank you to Bobby Marini for doing a great job of taping and editing the video!

A special thank you to Durner for her assistance with this newsletter. Your are appreciated


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