Each moment of thought is like brush strokes on a canvas. With awareness, know what you are creating.
Things that once seemed secure reveal the uncomfortable truth that life is neither secure nor fair. It’s a one-two punch that will inevitably invite a great deal of self-reflection to evaluate relationships, lifestyle, career, and perhaps even a philosophical reckoning as to how to make our brief stint on the planet meaningful.
Over the past several weeks of sheltering in place I’ve been reflecting quite a bit on so many things as I’m sure most of you have as well. Here are some thoughts, as well as an invitation to share some support.
There’s nothing like a global pandemic to bring us all a little closer to a personal brush with death, and to viscerally experience how vulnerable we are to the whims of the world. Young and old people touch an awareness of mortality that ordinary daily life disguises behind the curtain of busy-ness, a sense of being exempt due to status or wealth, or even just the pedal to the metal approach to life that is a joyful privilege of youth. Adding to the grief of lives lost while this virus swirls invisibly around us is the loss of jobs and businesses, and reduction or elimination of income and resources. Things that once seemed secure reveal the uncomfortable truth that life is neither secure nor fair. It’s a one-two punch that will inevitably invite a great deal of self-reflection to evaluate relationships, lifestyle, career, and perhaps even a philosophical reckoning as to how to make our brief stint on the planet meaningful.
As a coach, I see this as the perfect time to shine the light on what is, to take stock, and clarify what it is that makes life meaningful. This is an ideal time to awaken and engage the creative aspect that is alive and well within every thinking person to conjure what we want our world and our lives to look and feel like once this virus dwindles down. In other words, this is an opportunity to set the stage for how we want our next scene to be.
Because my most vibrant coaching experiences have come through personal referrals I would like to extend an invitation to anyone whom you think might benefit from working with me to receive one introductory coaching call at no charge. During this call we will identify some key challenges and desires, discuss what coaching is about, and evaluate if working together would be an appropriate fit to support them as they design and navigate their unique version of fulfillment. Please feel free to forward this email along with my email address: firstname.lastname@example.org to anyone you have in mind and ask them to include your name when they contact me.
These are times when we all need each other, and I want you to know that I am here for you.
With all my best wishes,
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—L.C. Fairfield, CT
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— T.R. Redding, CT
“Your guidance through my self-discovery process contributed to enabling me to self-heal. Our time together, even if over the phone, was effective by introducing an analytical thought process that allowed me to discover myself again. Self- awareness has been crucial in the process of making myself whole again. There had been a hole, or something missing inside that I couldn’t quite manage to describe. That feeling is gone. I thank you for your kindness.”
—F.C. Denver, CO
“Your wisdom and understanding has already helped me tremendously. I have been desperately searching for something to hang on to, some mantra or game plan so I don’t destroy my health and wellbeing. You have given me some great tools to help ease my mind and steer MY behavior in a direction that will help me to avoid the same pitfalls. I am grateful for your kindness, tremendous intellect and your on-going support and guidance.”
—C.G. Atlanta, GA
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— E.B. Fort Collins, CO
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— D.D. New York City