I was super happy to see her name in my inbox, as we had not worked together in a couple of years.
I was, however, a bit surprised by the subject line. It read: our coaching session.
And yet, it was the first line of her email, once I opened it, that really confused me:
"Hi Laura, thank you for your help this morning!"
I had not even brushed my teeth yet. In fact, I had not even used my voice, yet.
Or had I?
Had I used my voice, had a coaching session and been helpful - and not remembered?
Mainly: was I going crazy?
Between the time I read this and the time I read the next line, my mind was rapidly searching for the other ways in which I may be losing it. Surely I had had a coaching session and forgotten. Come to think of it, I did put away a dirty pan in my cupboard, just last week.
But no. I had not had a coaching session, and the rest of the email explained what happened, in a very sweet way.
So there it was. The coaching session I slept through.
I LOVE this. I love that as coaches, counselors, teachers and parents, if we do our stuff right, we will work ourselves out of a job. There will come a point where our presence will no longer be necessary in order for our gifts to be enjoyed, over and over again. And if we're lucky, we may even get sweet thank you notes like this one.
Sure, it's not the best financial model, but man did it make my heart smile!
So today, I invite you to celebrate the times when you are no longer needed, because you did your job so darn well.
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"Every time I read your blog I am so profoundly happy I did. The truth you speak is just mindboggling. The real, real voice you have. It makes me almost crazy how much I love your words and your way of telling stories that cut to the quick- and I never have the words to really say how much this all means to me.
Thank you for digging in there and finding the gems of wisdom and then just sharing them out as if there's an endless supply ... which with you, there is."
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"Thank you for sharing your wonderful, heartbreaking, exhilarating experience with the world."
"Thank You Laura for sharing, for teaching and spreading loving kindness. "
"I think I love you. You bring good things into my life, or remind me of things I love and know, but have let go of."
"Laura, you are so good for me. I laugh and sniffle and get the shivers when I read your essays. Thanks so much for letting all your wonderfulness run around loose."
"Heart-achingly beautiful, your words and how you reveal your truth."
"Thank you so much for who you are and what you share with the world. Your mere being transforms lives as it has transformed mine. This particular post did to my heart what water does to parched soil."
"Thank you for your gentle words that are packed full of wisdom. I have been struggling with the concept of what words can do to another person when they are negative words. Your words are the flip side of our word power, and shows how delightfully powerful kind words can be. Thank you."
"Once again Laura Lavigne takes you on an adventure of the heart. She has a way of pulling you right in the car with her. Asking you to consider changing a fear to taking thoughtful action. Whether she's teaching a class, leading a retreat or heading for a happiness sprinkling, Laura will invite you to shed old ways of thinking and be completely authentic. Join in!"
"Essentially pure love.
I enjoy how Laura is kind to herself and to us other humans who dance in and out of each other's lives. "
"Don't miss a post!
You can count on Laura for warmth, humor, charm, and a lift to your day and your heart. She inspires me to be braver than I am, and to love the world out loud. She's a gem, and a generous one at that!"
I write because this is the way I am able to taste life more deeply.