2005: Issue 6
The great teacher and philosopher, Aristotle, believed that happiness is our chief end and the highest good we humans can ever reach. And indeed, we are born happy. Like the biblical Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, when very young, we have no shame, regret no past, fear no future. We experience no guilt because we carry no duty. We awaken each day to discover a new idea, a new game to play, a new world to explore. Our lives, all innocence and forgiveness, have not yet become stories of conflict, loss and sadness. And so it goes for each of us.
What happens next is likewise found in everyone’s personal story, a story told over and over throughout recorded history, a story everyone knows – the story about how happiness is lost. The details of how and when we lose our innate happiness vary from person to person. That we lose this happiness, on the other hand, is universal. Adam and Eve “fell” from grace i.e. were booted from Paradise, when they ate from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. This story, like that of Prometheus stealing fire (illumination) from the Greek gods, describes the dawn of human self-awareness, human self-consciousness, and its terrible price. For once we have eaten from this, the most famous of all trees; we have knowledge of the difference between good and evil and are hereafter and for all time responsible for the consequences of our choices and actions.
In the Genesis account, God spells out quite clearly the consequences of eating from the Tree of Knowledge: “From now on, you’ll have to eke out your living from the soil. Nothing will come easily, not even childbirth. And one day, you will die.” Not only die, but unique among all creatures, only man can ponder and dread his inevitable demise. Not merely suffer and die, we know that we will one day suffer, and one day die. Such is the cost of self-knowledge: it robs us of our original innocence and happiness.
ABOUT Extra Ordinary Living
Taking their learning from 20+ years in corporate healthcare, Janet Crawford and David Scheiderer, MD formed Extra Ordinary Living, Inc. in 2003 with an intention of helping physicians, other healthcare professionals and their organizations identify possibilities and opportunities, remove obstacles, and ultimately, optimize results.
Usually the first question we are asked, is why Tiberius? Our trivia friends usually can identify the references……yes, Tiberius was the 2nd Roman emperor, and yes, Tiberius is the middle name of James T. Kirk from Star Trek. One of our life mottos and business principles is “to learn from the past, look to the future but live in the present;” thus, Extra Ordinary Living.
As Executive and Professional Coaches, we are trained to listen, to observe and to customize our approach to our client's needs. We provide tools, support, structure and accountability to help our clients unleash their full potential and optimize results. There are so many reasons for physicians in particular to feel disenchanted with their chosen profession, their calling. Having a coach helps them get back in touch with their passion for being a healer.
The best thing about coaching is that it is all about you and what you want. We may share our opinions and give you advice, but it is up to you to pick and choose what you want to accept. We suspend judgment and will support you in your decisions.
As Professional Speakers, our messages are inspirational while imparting useful, practical and memorable information in a fun and dynamic way to help you in your pursuit of authentic happiness, and the enjoyment of deep life experiences.
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