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.
"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."
"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. This podcast is the flip side of our word power, and shows how delightfully powerful kind words can be. Loving words are so delicious leaving my mouths, and are just as delicious entering our ears. Our hearts are touched in both situations. It's a great circle of life. 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. The first episode is so relatable and an enjoyable invitation to reflect and feel just a little more present and open. I am really looking forward to each episode!"
"Don't miss an episode!
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!"
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