About a year ago, on Good Friday of Easter Weekend, I received a phone call from a woman in New Mexico. She shared with me that after five years of caring for her husband with Parkinson’s Disease, she had reached a limit. “I feel like I have Alzheimer’s. I can’t think straight anymore,” she said. We spoke for forty-five minutes and at the end of our conversation she said, “You’ve been incredibly helpful. You should become a coach.” Well, I hadn’t before considered becoming a coach. I heard her suggestion but didn’t feel I would take action. A month later, I met Judi Neal, the author of the book Edgewalkers, and Director of Tyson Center for Faith and Spirituality in the Workplace, Sam Walton College of Business, University of Arkansas, at a conference. When we followed up via phone a few weeks later she too said, “Mary, you should become a coach.” Hearing this a second time made me listen. A few months later, I became a certified Life Coach and Group Leader. I am now passionate about the benefits that coaching offers long-term caregivers and others. On-going coaching truly offers a level of companionship and support that can be a foundation for personal empowerment, growth, and realizing positive, sustainable results.
Moving forward with a listening heart,
vision, inquiry and action,