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Being Courageous to Listen to Your Inner Truth – PS 69

Episode Introduction

In this episode, we explore the topic of “authenticity.”  My guest, Laura Coe, is a podcaster, author and coach.  Her area of greatest passion is authenticity.  Her worldview is steeped in ancient wisdom traditions and classic philosophers while being totally 21st century practical.  Through her own quest to identify what being authentic meant for her, all her readings and applications of learnings, authenticity came down to being aligned with your own deepest inner truth.

Episode Background

inner truth - Laura CoeLaura talks about our culture focusing on all the external trappings of success.  She says: “Many people find success, but few find meaning. This leaves them unfulfilled, but unsure what to do about it. If they can remove all the issues that get in the way of their authentic voice, their truth, they can return to building a life they love.”

Finding Your Deep Inner Truth

It takes work to cut through the noise of all the information, know-how, expectations,  judgements, pressures and stresses that accumulate from a very young age through well-intentioned guidance of parents, educators, bosses and ourselves.  

The metaphor Laura uses throughout the show, and is also referenced in her book, Emotional Obesity, is that we end up carrying around emotional weight that eventually becomes too heavy to bear.  Laura encourages us to lighten our lives by connecting to our deep inner truth. 

Practices for Building Your Authenticity Muscle

Find the practices that help you reconnect to yourself where you listen to your inner truth about what you love to do – things that  you may have sidelined while you were so hell-bent on creating the successful life!

A key practice is to create space to quieten the mind for deeper inner truth to come through.   Ways to create this space included being in silence, journaling, walking and meditation.  Laura recommends starting slowly, day-by-day, checking in with what comes up for you, what emerges as your truth, and notice it.  In contrast to all noise you have habituated yourself to, it's subtle.

Other Reminders to Pay Attention to:

  • As adults we’ve become analysers and our joyous sense of living with curiosity diminishes over time.
  • Those loud voices in our head get in the way of connecting to our inner truth.
  • We need to pay attention to the micro changes we experience daily as we begin to connect to our inner truth, and pay attention to what they feel like in our bodies. If we feel disconnected, then it’s not our inner truth.

Other Takeaways

  • Making a distinction between being one’s best self and one’s authentic self.
  • Whether taking time out to find one’s inner truth and authenticity is a purview of the privileged – those with the means to self-actualize, provoked by some of the stories shared.
  • Finding meaning in life vs happiness vs joy.
  • For listeners who are familiar with Appreciative Inquiry, you'll enjoy the overlap with a number of the Appreciative Inquiry Principles.

How to Connect to Laura

Laura's Website

Laura'a Podcast: The Art of Authenticity

Laura's Facebook Page

Laura on LinkedIn

Laura on Twitter

Laura's Book

 Let's Stay Connected

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Innovative Ways that Inspire Human Flourishing for All

When did you last come away from an experience that had such an impact on you that you were filled with a joy and a hope that transformed you?  You witnessed human flourishing and unity with others. You felt inspired by the conversations and connections. You felt alive and energized. You experienced a sense of wholeness, oneness and community cursing through your body and a peace and infinite hope for what else is possible.

I am filled with gratitude that I just came away from such an experience.  The event was the Fourth Global Forum held at The Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit, at Weatherhead School of Managemhuman flourishing - diversityent at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH.   Over 300 people were tasked to Discover Flourishing Enterprise: The Key to Great Performance.   We came from 29 different countries by invitation, from free will, to contribute our minds, our hearts, our skills, our knowledge.  We were curious and open and hopeful.  We shared stories, dreams and aspirations.

Diversity underpins Human Flourishing

We were a hugely diverse gathering of people: business owners, leaders and entrepreneurs, multi-millionaires and start-ups; professors and students; octogenarians and millennials; of spiritual traditions, or none.  We honored our diversity and our shared common belief: human flourishing exists at all levels: at the individual level, organizational and whole systems level.   We shared our stories, listened and asked questions. We dreamed together about what we can bring to life. We co-created designs and prototypes of possible futures;  and we rolled up our sleeves to develop deployment plans to turn our dreams and their prototypes into action.

Business as an Agent of World Benefit

human flourishing - AI Practitioner CoverIt was my first time at a Global Forum, even though through my Appreciative Inquiry Certification at Weatherhead, I became familiar with and practiced at interviewing business leaders on the topic of Business as an Agent of World Benefit (BAWB).  For this event, I volunteered as an Appreciative Inquiry facilitator.  To my absolute delight, I was invited to co-facilitate the working group from AIM2Flourish with Professor Lindsey Godwin, my hero and dear colleague from the David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry at Champlain College in Burlington, VT.

Appreciative Inquiry in Practice

To read more stories about the transformation that seemingly unlikely partnerships are delivering in the field of human flourishing,  please check out the special edition of the AI Practitioner  a publication of almost 20 years that focuses exclusively on the applications of Appreciative Inquiry across the globe.  This is a very generous gift from the owner, Wick van der Vaart, who co-edited this edition with David Cooperrider.

AIM2Flourish

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AIM2Flourish was born out of the Third Global Forum in 2014.  Since then Roberta Baskin and Claire Summer (who as of June, 2017 now leads AIM2Flourish)  and a handful of business leaders and professors have taken the dream to made it flourish.  They have worked on an AIM2Flourish curriculum for university professors to link their students to enterprises that are not only doing well in the conventional business sense, but also doing good for their employees, their customers, the communities in which they operate, committed to human flourishing for all, including the planet.  Moreover, the really unique and cool contribution that AIM2Flourish offers its partners is to invite the participating business schools and their students to identify the enterprises whose innovations and contributions to the world are also addressing any one of the 17 the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Human Flourishing - Sustainable development goalsThe business students – the leaders of tomorrow – move beyond learning in the classroom into the field of real business.  Imagine the impact on them and the enterprises they interact with.

U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

I was human flourishing - prize trophydeeply honored to co-facilitate the AIM2Flourish working group comprising students, professors and business leaders from a number of South American countries.  This group included AIM2Flourish Prize Winners.  Their awards came from sharing the stories of the businesses who were helping to contribute to human flourishing by addressing some of SDGs.   The working group was brilliant and energized and committed to grow the AIM2Flourish mission by modeling leadership for 21st century and strengthening flourishing relationships across the plant.  I was struck with awe and filled with gratitude to watch them and hear them embrace the human flourishing - deployment planAppreciative Inquiry process with aid of their cell phones to translate English text into Spanish and then back into English to share their insights, dreams and plans.

And even though we had a language barrier, we communicated and shared delight and joy at our mutual understanding of each other.  We felt connected, united and impassioned by our shared commitment to amplifying human flourishing across the world.

 

Abundance of Talents, Generosity and Innovations

At this Fourth Global Forum every participant was a gift and there was an abundance of talent that spoke to our positive core of human flourishing, and wish I could name everyone, as every single person deserves credit. However, here's the line-up of outstanding keynoters and presenters, including David L Cooperrider, Chris Laszlo, Barbara Fredrickson, Tom Robinson, Jonathan Halpern, Jeff Hoffman, Shinzen Young, Jennifer Deckhard, Peter Senge, Julie Reiter, Fred Tsao.   Jon Berghoff was the masterful lead facilitator with his brilliant group of associates who made it such an outstanding event. Fun and practical improv tips were delightfully lead by Betsy Crouch and Zoe Galvez, co-founders of Improv HQ.  The talented graphic recorder was Jo Byrne,  Here is a sample of her talent.

And, I got to meet the charming Chuck Fowler, whose generosity and vision for a flourishing world started this all off.

Please, if you get the opportunity to attend the Fifth Global Forum in 2020, treat yourself to an experience that will fill you up and sustain you at many levels.  You will  enter into communion with those who care deeply about human flourishing and are actively leading positive change.

Opportunity to Hear Flourishing Voices in my Podcast Episode

There's also a podcast episode where you can hear the voices of participants at the the Fourth Global Forum:
Business Leaders, Professors and their Students Expose Flourishing Enterprises


Be an Agent for Positive Change, With Robyn Stratton-Berkessel – PS044

Increasingly, many of us want to have a positive impact in all that we do. Find out how to get greater clarity and comfort with change. Learn the value of positive emotions to change your brain and your body; learn how to assess your character strengths and put them to work; follow a five step process (Appreciative Inquiry) to bring about positive changes.

Making a Podcast: My Reflections And Aspirations, With Robyn Stratton-Berkessel – PS022

Making a Podcast: Episode Overview

Positivity Strategist host, Robyn Stratton-Berkessel is her own guest this week.  She reflects on her experience as a 4 month old podcaster. She conducts an Appreciative Inquiry on herself to share what she’s discovered about making a podcast, what some of her high point experiences of making a podcast are; what she values about the contribution she's making, and what she aspires to do even more of.   She also requests feedback from her listeners – survey link is below.

Episode Introduction

Making a podcast, reflections by RobynLet me introduce myself.  I’m Robyn Stratton-Berkessel. I’m from Sydney, Australia, living in New Jersey, USA because I feel in love with a German-born American, whom I met in Sydney.  I felt compelled to visit him in his home in New York City, and this year we celebrate 15 years of marriage.  We have no kids, but a big black fluffy female cat, Neo.  We love creative work, traveling, photography, nature, hiking, and keeping abreast of trends.

What Lights Me Up

My question is how we can all claim and live in our own power, so that we can live the best life we possibly can.  My interest and awareness in living in our own power started when I was teaching English-as-a-second language (ESL) to adult immigrants in Australia.  It became apparent to me that these immigrants who came to Australia as a political refugees in most cases could not speak English well, and therefore they had limited opportunities.  Their career choices were limited without the dominant language.  They were restricted mainly to manual jobs, mostly classified as unskilled laborers, when, in fact, they had  been professionals in their countries of origin, or had run businesses.

Giving Voice to All

As I was teaching English in workplaces, I realized that it wasn’t only immigrants who felt stuck and disempowered, but a good percentage of the regular workforce.  I had this epiphany that I wanted to give voice to all by actively increasing participation, and collaboration in workplaces.  I knew that when people had a voice and could co-create their lives in relationship with others, they came alive and their intrinsic motivation set in and and engagement and productivity and contribution soared.

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Let me know how I'm doing. What's working for you? No email address required, and there are five questions only… I really value your feedback!

Stories Bring People Closer Together

Making a podcast: Robyn's TED talkI’m also all about bringing people together to value diversity and foster inclusion.  When you truly listen to one another's stories, the walls come down and you see each other for the first time and so begins the beauty of true heartfelt connection.   If you want to learn more about my views on this, watch my TEDxNavesink talk – go to my website Positivity Strategist and you’ll find the video under the resources tab.  It’s called “Playful Inquiry – try this anywhere.”

Sharing What Works

I’ve had a great career to date.  I’ve gained a lot of knowledge and experience in a number of countries and diverse industries, and am now into spreading what I know works and gives people hope, a sense of possibility.  Given the right tools, they’ll feel and act on their own power and find the positive core within themselves.

Making a podcast: Robyn's bookSo I wrote a book, “Appreciative Inquiry for Collaborative Solutions: 21 Strength-based Workshops.”  I created an app, “Embracing Change – the App.” And now, I’m having great enjoyment and steep learning in making a podcast, Positivity Strategist.

It’s all through these multi media channels that I can spread my message and connect to the big wide world, I love.

Appreciative Inquiry Interview

If you’re new to Appreciative Inquiry, here’s a simple definition:

“Appreciative Inquiry is the co-operative search for best in people, their organizations and the word around them.”

The first part of the AI interview starts with a discovery question to uncover the subjective experience in a situation, to find out what’s enlivening or makes you feel most successful or most effective or proud.  So, I ask myself, “What’s been a high point for me in making a podcast?”

High Points of Podcasting

Listen in to the episode to hear my full response. There are high points in every episode. Each guest is a high point. I am privileged to spend time with talented, gifted people who are doing outstanding work.  To date, I’ve had a total of 18 guests: of whom 13 are authors, 15 speakers, 10 coaches, 15 trainers, 11 business people, 3 entrepreneurs.  We’ve covered a wide range of topics, contexts and disciplines.

What I really enjoy is when we laugh together.  We feel the joy of our connection when we generate an unexpected find that surprises us both and we learn something new together.  That's co-construction of a new awareness or insight.  I love that.  We co-create something neither of us had ever considered before. I love to listen to my guests share their insights, their best stories, their own surprises.  I seek to delight and be delighted.

The Value of the Appreciative Inquiry Interview

It’s a high point when my guests comment that they reconnect to a time when they felt good about themselves and they comfortably articulate what they valued about themselves.

This is the value of the AI interview.  We tap into a story that illuminates a strength or talent.

“The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.”

William James

The second part of the AI discovery interview is to ask:  “Without being humble, what do you value about yourself, your work or your organization?”

You will need to listen in to hear what I value about myself.  Other than to say, one of my strengths is ‘humility.’

Muse and Inspiration

However, I take the opportunity to mention how much I value my significant other, my partner in life and business, Juergen Berkessel of Polymash Design.  It is he who’s been my inspiration.  He knows how important it is to me to spread this way of being and working in the world.  He has been my number one support since the beginning.   He comes up with concepts and strategies of how I can achieve my dream and then designs how to make it happen.

It was his idea to make a podcast show.  He has the skill sets as a graphic designer,  musician, knowing about audio equipment, mixing boards, recording, editing, and the entire hosting and submission process, having come from an IT background in corporate America and then pivoting to start-up mode as a product developer, UX professional in application  development.

My Aspirations for Positivity Strategist Podcast

Making a podcast: positivity vs negativity crossover

In conducting the research, what thrills me is that in the SEO world, in 2012 for the first time, more people started to search for the term “positivity” than “negativity”.  In 2014, “positivity” started to really climb.

People  are out there  looking to increase positivity into their lives. They are searching for strategies to lessen the stress and to minimize fear. We are actively seeking ways to be healthier, and more resilient, more compassionate and connected.

My aspiration is to build this community and have more people share what works for them. I’m looking to increase awareness of the value of positivity as a way to help them really appreciate the simple, exquisite moments of positive thoughts, feelings and interactions in their lives.

Key Influencers

In just about every episode, two people repeatedly come up: David Cooperrider, thought leader of Appreciative Inquiry and Barbara Fredrickson whose research into “Positivity” is groundbreaking.  Both are professors and both have changed my life and the lives hundreds of thousands of people.  They are my key influencers in how I engage with the world,  I want to help spread their message and the message of many others who are doing similar work.

Barbara’s latest book Love 2:0 shows us that love bonds between people – and not in the romantic sense –  are key to strengthening positivity.  What is so mind-blowing to me about this research is that increasing our positivity emerges from really simple acts and it's available to us all.

To quote from Barbara Fredricksons's book, Love 2.0:

“Love is that micro-moment of warmth and connection that you share with another human being.”

You'll find an interview with Barbara Fredrickson on Science, Positive Emotions and her new course in the links section below.

The Face of Love

Just think about it.  It's a smile across the room at a networking meeting.  It’s the thank you to the young man who packs your bag at the supermarket.  It’s the cookies your friend bakes for you.  It’s having a shared experience in company.   This kind of love opens us up to experience connection with others. This love shifts us from a pre-occupation with our own worlds. It’s about engaging with others, even strangers in a kind and compassionate way, and in doing so, we’re growing our connectedness.  We become aware that we’re in this together.  We are co-creators of our shared experience.   That’s what being enveloped in positivity is about.

Sharing Appreciation

This is what excites me, why I am making a podcast.  I seek to bring more of this heartfelt, loving positivity into the world through all my relationships, through my work as a positivity strategist, coach, and as an Appreciative Inquiry trainer, workshop designer and facilitator.

For those of you on this journey with me, I sure love you.  To those who have inspired me and continue to inspire me, I'm over-the-top grateful.

Don't forget you can help share this message of positivity: you can leave a rating and review on iTunes so more people will know about the show and you can give me your feedback by taking our 5 question survey.

It will help me learn more about what you appreciate and help me set my future direction.

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Search 2014 for the Best in Humanity

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Search 2014

 

The video below affirms my choice to be a positivity strategist!

I encourage you to invest 1.32 minutes to watch this video put out by Google, entitled “Year in Search 2014” focusing on the most searched for terms for 2014.

Hold your judgement 🙂

Pictures speak a thousand words

The medium is the message.  Pictures speak a thousand words.  Pick your favorite idiom or quote.  For me it's “words create worlds” and “what you focus on grows.” What we search for, we will find.  Where we put our attention, our energy follows.  These searched for words in this video shine the light on the best of our human story:  Hope, Science, Love, Greatness, Sense-making, Remembrance, Inspiration, Discovery, Imagination.

If you scroll through some of the comments under this video, you'll see also another side of the human condition: the cynicism.  Many are saying this message of hope is hokey-pokey.  These comments reveal a different reality when they claim that  the most searched for words are search for “porn”, “sex” etc.   No doubt, that's real, too.

Search for the best

There are multiple realities.  There's the good and the bad and everything in between.

I value the wholeness of the entire human experience.  This video demonstrates to me that hope, and love, and inspiration, discovery and imagination are what get me out of bed everyday.  Searching for the best in humanity.  Couldn't live without it.

How Love, Passion and Joy Inspire Profits, With Sue Elliott – PS014

Episode Overview – How Love, Passion and Joy Inspire Profits

Conscious Capitalism, Law of Attraction, writer, speaker, editor-in-chief of magazines and personal development coach, Sue Elliott  provides a plethora of ideas, tips and strategies to bring more love and joy into all areas of your life. You’ll be energized and uplifted by her insights and stories.

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Sue Elliott is Founder & Chief Joy Officer at Inspire Profits Inc. Sue is a communicator.  She’s a journalist, an editor, a publisher, an entrepreneur, a personal life and business coach, a facilitator and a really gifted human being.  She shares practical processes and simple techniques that make a profound, measurable difference in people’s work (and lives), to release blocks to excellence, joy and success.

Most businesses are about relationships. And when you improve those relationships — by improving communication, clarity and collaboration — everyone wins.  Below are some of the topics Sue and I touched on during our rich conversation.

Joy, Love, Passion

If you want to be the Joy Officer of your own life, listen in to Sue.  In her own story, she’s made sure she follows her interests, joy, and passions.  As a result, she’s been attracted to people who do the same.  There is a contagion effect from people who are excited about what they do in life. They attract other people plugged into a similar energy.  People, driven by what they love, have a relentless energy.  Sue is talking about the good passion and good energy that seeks to serve in positive, life-centric, supportive ways. When you listen to the episode, Sue had some great tips to pass on for this week's “Positivity Lens” segment.


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Values and Purpose

Clarity around one’s values and purpose, together with a relentless pursuit of learning and growth brings an energy into places of work that unleashes collaborations and community. Furthermore, an integration of what you love to do and you can pass onto others across disciplines enables everyone to grow.

Positive and Negative Emotions

Love and positive emotions expand us and open us up to others, widen our interest,  increasing productivity and creativity. Fear and negative emotions cause us to be singularly focussed, narrowing our perspective, increasing stress, and unleashing a hormonal cocktail that sets us off in directions that are potentially life threatening if allowed to build up over time when real threat is non-existent.

Sue teaches Law of Attraction and she cites how she can help help people shift up the emotional scale from extreme negativity on the one end to extreme positivity at the other.  This work comes from the Teachings of Abraham as told through Esther and Jerry Hicks.  (Link to book below.)

Forgiveness

Trusting that we did the best we could with the resources we had at the time, or others did the best they could with the resources they had at the time is a way to forgive ourselves and others for past situations.  When we carry around old issues or grievances or grudges, it can compound resulting in negative energy that robs us of being able to redirect our precious energy and resources to more loving, joyful and productive means.  This is clearing work which can be freeing.

Leadership

We summed up best leaders as those who

  • can reframe situations so that you move in the direction of what you are wanting to produce, or the solution that will serve all (for example, moving away from conflict to building collaborations and community)
  • live in a state of inquiry Vs having the right answers
  • invite all different perspectives to increase ownership and best solutions among all stakeholders
  • recognize and appreciate vulnerability is a power and a strength
  • self-awareness is foundational to being authentic, purposeful and values-driven
  • are present and can choose who to be in the moment

Conscious Capitalism

Conscious Capitalism is a business-transforming movement launched by Whole Foods co-founder John Mackey and Kip Tindell of the Container Store.  This framework fits with Sue’s own value set and modus operandi.  Businesses that engage in Conscious Capitalism out-perform “unconscious” companies on pretty much every level, including employee engagement, productivity, profitability and financial strength.

Media

There are many forms of media. The news media tends to focus on news that feeds and strengthens our negativity bias. On the other hand, the enthusiast media focuses more on positive situation that do more good than harm.  Magazines such as hobbyist, envirnomental and self-help magazines provide ideas and strategies to help us grow, restore the environment to its natural state and serve to help people find better ways. We can potentially touch tens of thousands of people in the course of our lifetime, therefore, we have huge opportunity to make a positive difference to so many people.

Big Aspirational Topic

In closing, Sue mentioned an initiative she is involved in with a former Positivity Strategist guest Johann Gauthier and Bill Jensen called Great Workplace Declaration.  Get a sneak preview and be ready to participate in this global movement to contribute to increasing positivity in our places of work.

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Let's Stay Connected

It's always great to hear from you. Please connect with me to ask questions or leave comments about this episode or the podcast in general, and there are several good ways to do this:

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Help Spread the Message of Positivity!

I would be extremely appreciative if you would subscribe, rate or review our Positivity Strategist podcast. Your ratings and comments will help a lot to spread the message! Here is a guide to writing a quick review, click on iTunes and Stitcher.

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Appreciative Inquiry – Unintended Consequence of App Development

It's been 1.5 years now since Juergen Berkessel and I co-founded Polymash, a creative agency with a focus on strategy development, app design and marketing for the mobile world.  Juergen is an artist and a technologist.  He comes from a professional photography background, graphic design and a long stint in IT and product development.  My career has been in human and organization development.

In combining our talents, I am noticing the impact we are having on our clients as we work with them to help them make the shift to mobile devices.

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The Value of Positive Stories

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How does it serve self and others to share stories, particularly focusing on the positive? Here's a quick response with a professional and a personal story.

Professional Story

Story Telling has become important in my work. My field of expertise is leadership and organizational development. I talk about corporate connections. We help leaders and their teams connect to the very best of who they are and what they do. Sharing stories is a big part of that; and I consciously direct the energy towards the positive. Organizations move in the direction of what we most frequently and systematically ask questions about.

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Film One Fest

iPad-Frame-images2-300x248When we use our appreciative eye more than our evaluative eye, be prepared to be surprised. Our appreciative eye opens us up rather than shuts us down.  The more we look for what works in a situation, they more we'll find what does.

Engaging with others through an appreciative inquiry is underpinned by a number of guiding principles, the foundational one being that we are all active participants co-constructing our world together.  Wow, what a responsibility that is!  I am co-constructing my world as I engage with it. Big responsibility to make it work for me and others!

A strong second principle is what we focus on grows.  The more we focus on what gives life and energy and success, the more we'll find it ….. everywhere and in everyone.

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Immersive Learning on Tablets

Ipad-shotSerendipitously, on three occasions in as many days, I have been in the presence of three 3 year olds (just love all those 3's).  Each time, I was filled up with joy watching them engage with content on their iPads.

First time, we were at dinner with a couple when their three year old pulled out the iPad, tapped into one of her favorite apps and was immediately engrossed as she tapped, swiped, dragged and, from time to time, sat up, tilted her head confidently to reflect on the objects she was engaging with.  Her fullest absorption in her iPad totally attracted the attention of older people in the restaurant,  amazed at her competence with the tablet device.

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