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Access Points <Quote #25>

Access Point <From PRETENSE to PRESENCE>

"Being present is not learning to feel better, it is learning to get better at feeling."

- James K. McPartland

While I believe we all have things to improve upon and things we want to accomplish, there are the natural and unnatural frustrations that interfere with "getting there". In the work I do as an executive coach, and with thousands of hours engaged with people looking to enhance their performance, I have come to the conclusion that there is nothing "wrong" with any of us. What we authentically are - isn't broken. It isn't us - but rather the quality of the experience we are having.

The pursuit of mastery is both inspiring and challenging. We can always improve, yet we never get "there". Mastering the art of being present -the only time we truly have- will put us on a path to take full responsibility for the quality of our life experiences. And when we own those experiences, no matter how they feel, we are in the flow of now, which is the ultimate "gift".

It is why this "gift" is often called the "present" and why being "present" is often called a "gift".

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