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.