I used to find those people a bit strange, who just LOVE everyone. And I still do to be perfectly honest.
And, referring to my clients, I would say that I actually do love all of them. Professionally. I love their courage to dive into the depth of their lives, their habits and limiting beliefs. I love how they are ready to share and trust and be open. And I love how they are my teachers for my own life!
The first teachings I received was on how to be a coach. My early clients taught me how to be open, to follow them rather than following my “structure”. Then, I started to feel more nuance in my work and had this huge a-ha moment when I realized that I listen differently when I am a coach than when I am a friend. I’m able to only look at what it feels like for them rather than feeling the need to take sides or judge in favor of my friends. I have experienced that as a coach I can be compassionate and not suffer from what I hear. I am deeper in their worlds than ever before and manage at the same time to not make it my suffering, not pitying them, holding them.
More recently, my clients teach me that I’ll never be done with my development. I can see traces of their topics weaving through my life. I know that the practices I design for them would be beneficial for me as well and by accompanying them, I practice and grow. They share their beliefs and books and hacks for life with me and I see myself as a multiplicator of those, sharing them with other clients.
I feel lucky and blessed that I get to do this work, that I get to impact others’ lives in a positive way and that I learn with them, from them, that I get inspired by them.
I thank you, lovely clients that I may be a supporter and witness to your personal unfolding!
And you? As a practice, look for those people whom you are in love with professionally, those who inspire you and make you grow. What are you discovering? How does that impact how you interact with them?
PS: and then, my children are my little teachers as well every day, every minute and it’s not always fun nor easy…