What’s in a business card?
CD is what people have been calling me as Chris is often a common/shared name and Dolezalek is daunting for some. It has also become a bit of my brand.
It also works with the circle / Yin Yang theme.
Me on my horse represents all I learned working with horses – lots to tell there …
The Yin / Yang
Yin/Yang is a concept of dualism in ancient Chinese philosophy, describing how seemingly opposite or contrary forces may actually be complementary, interconnected, and interdependent in the natural world, and how they may give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another. That dualism / dichotomy is also reflected in the Tao te Ching.
The Yin and Yang also reminds me of seeing myself from above with a horse starting at opposite sides of an arena; observing from a level 3 perspective. Sometimes I would lead, sometimes I’d give room to see where the horse would take me. A dance between two beings whose flows would eventually make it seem as though the two beings were actually one being in complete peace and harmony. So too can be the dance between two human beings. Like the rhythmic ebb and flow of the tide and of each wave coming in and then rolling out.
Green carries various connotations:
From: The Bourn Creative – Color Meaning: Meaning of The Color Green
Green, the color of life, renewal, nature, and energy, is associated with meanings of growth, harmony, freshness, safety, fertility, and environment. Green is also traditionally associated with money, finances, banking, ambition, greed, jealousy, and wall street.
The color green has healing power and is understood to be the most restful and relaxing color for the human eye to view. Green can help enhance vision, stability and endurance. Green takes up more space in the spectrum visible to the human eye and it is the dominant color in the natural. It is a natural choice in interior design as an ideal background or backdrop because we as humans are so used to seeing it everywhere.
With the color green’s association with renewal, growth, and hope, often green stands for both a lack of experience and need for growth. Green also stands for new growth and rebirth, common in the spring season when all of the plants are coming back to life with fresh growth and life after the cold winter months.
The color green affects us physically and mentally in several different ways. Green is soothing, relaxing, and youthful. Green is a color that helps alleviate anxiety, depression, and nervousness. Green also brings with it a sense of hope, health, adventure, and renewal, as well as self-control, compassion, and harmonyThe green color is often used to indicate safety in the advertising of drugs and medical products. Green is directly related to nature and energy, so it is also commonly used to represent and promote ‘green’ products.
The elephant can serve as a conversation starter…
It’s a photo I took as photographer for CARE when I did climb for CARE for girl’s education in Tanzania.
The elephant is also my quiet reference to my favorite Indian deity Ganesh – the Lord of New Beginnings and Remover of Obstacles… lots more tell there as well as with his little friend which I haven’t added here (yet?).
Ganesh’s little friend is important , as I like to say:
It’s not the path we choose,
but how we choose to walk it
and who we choose to walk it with.
Our family, partners, families, colleagues, friends and pets are all on this on this journey with us and very much a part of it as well.
The tree of life with little hearts in the branches if you look close.
The tree, as other things, is in circular form as with the circle of life.
The branch grow and stretch skyward to Breath the air and bask in the sunlight
The roots firmly founded like feet and the branches stretching skyward like arms with fingers extend also reflect a grounded Tai Chi / Qi Gong pose.
The little hearts represent the other ingredient of love that helps us flourish
There are also four lines above and four lines below the elephant – life should be in balance.
The line of “Whisperer” is balanced on my head like a child’s teeter-totter that sometimes goes up here and down there only to remain in equilibrium through all the ups and downs.
- “In service of leaders” is all about servant leadership
- “In their quest” is all about helping them find their life purpose and then align all they do with that
- “To empower and inspire” is all about enabling others rather than feeling we can shape them
- “Talent to be their best” stands in contrast to trying to get the most out of those we lead
Rocket / Shooting Star
The large circle on the left (holding the yin yang) with the four trailers to the right is like a rocket or shooting star hurtling into unknow space never before visited – to boldly go where no human has gone before – to voyage and explore on an adventure seeking out a new understanding of the world and our part in it.
The Talent sits on top of the Whisperer being uplifted and supported by serving as a platform to stand upon, ponder, explore and grow. CD sits above that as what lifts me is the notion of helping others help others.
So, what’s in a business card?
Perhaps there’s more depth behind a business card than we might first have observed or noticed. What do you see that I didn’t? How has your life experience shaped how you perceive things and how are those perceptions, in the end, often largely a reflection of who you became as a result of your experiences that determine what you see when you look at anything?
If there can be so much more depth to an inanimate object such as a business card, how much depth might we discover if we observe, listen too, and perceive (with all our senses and subconscious intuitions) what there might be to a living being?
What is it that you see when you look at an orange? Consider what you might see and then ponder this simple class exercise:
>Might there then also be more behind what transpires in a simple interaction? Consider when your paths are on a collision course with an on-comer on a busy city sidewalk. What subconscious hierarchies and other influencers are at play that determine who yields space how and how much? Consider all the potential vectors of influence at play: TalentWhisperers.com/
If there can be so much more to a simple interaction between two beings, imagine how much more might be going on in a personal or work relationship that has gone on for a longer time…
How does the dog in “To Build a Fire” know to keep his distance?
P.S. Note, my current work is mostly limited to those I interact with, guide and learn from in my role as V.P. of Engineering at Prosper. However, my learning and training as a coach and humble consultant continue through every conscious interaction and through the guidance and insights of others.