Make a Choice!
This morning, in all my “wisdom”, I decided to wait until I dropped Ethan off at school before filling my tank with gas. At one point Ethan even said, “Dad, you’re low on gas”, to which I responded, “relax I know my car.” Well, apparently God wanted to teach me a lesson and put me in my place because literally, 50 feet from the gas station, my car ran out of gas and came to a slow, crawling stop and as it did, I couldn’t help but tune my mind into Alanis Morissette’s song “Ironic”. Mister know it all…never needs gas. He drops his kid at school and heads out fast. With the station in sight, his car runs out. Twenty dollars for a can and 5 degrees out… Isn’t it ironic? Don’t you think? Hopefully you know the song so you can sing along!
Fortunately for me there was a nice police officer named Jackie inside filling up her coffee cup. She graciously asked me if I would like a ride back to my house so I could avoid the over inflated price of a one gallon gas can. I accepted her offer and off we went. On the way to my house, to pick up my can of gas, she asked me what I did for a living. It was at that moment that I truly understood that most people have no idea of what it is that I do, even after I tell them!
When I am asked what I do for a living, my answer often receives a blank stare in return. To help eliminate the confusion, I have tried numerous different titles to describe my occupation as a coach. Fulfillment Coach, Health Coach, Wisdom Coach, Transformation Coach and Life Coach are all titles that I have tried on for size until finally settling in on my current description, Personal Coach. No matter the title, the response is most often the same…”What’s that?” followed by, “I don’t have any problems” or something along those lines. Apparently, many people don’t understand the concept of having a personal coach. To be honest, a few years back, I didn’t either. Not until I found myself over a 1700 miles away from home, sitting in a diner, having breakfast with a Wisdom Teacher named Tawny.
My first conversation with Tawny, was difficult, to put it mildly. After 90 minutes I was convinced that she knew me better than I knew myself and that’s when she told me something that I will NEVER forget. She said, “Kevin, I help people do one of two things. I either help them prepare for death or I help them live the life that God created them to live. While I am interested in helping you live, I have no interest in watching you die.” Tawny’s words that day woke me up. It’s not that I haven’t had many struggles since then, but from that moment forth, each mistake I have made, each lesson I have learned, has become a part of the fabric that makes me who I am. I am not now and never will be perfect. But the one thing that I am, is a seeker. I am a seeker for truth, knowledge, purpose, passion, love, friendship and wisdom (knowledge in action).
As a Personal Coach, I help people see their world differently. And when they see their world differently, things that they perceived as obstacles, only moments before, become incredible blessings and opportunities to change THEIR life for the better. Through raw honesty, compassion, intense listening and an abundance of thought provoking, questions, I help people understand and take action on the things that they already know they should or want to be doing but aren’t. Sometimes its easy but many times its not. Last weekend, while at an event, I ran into one of my clients that lives on the other side of the country. Since we had only coached over the phone, she was not ready for the intensity that comes with working with me face to face. Later she commented that she felt like there was no place to hide, like I could see her in a way that no one else ever had. I let her know that I understood the way she felt, because many years ago in that little California café I had been in her shoes.
The reason that I am sharing this with you today is that today’s verse. Proverbs 17:22 says “a cheerful heart is good medicine but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” When I read this verse, I realized that what my coaching really does, is provide my clients with a path to find their “cheerful” heart again. It is one of the most rewarding feelings to be a part of someone’s life when the light, once again, “turns on” within their soul.
So often I meet with people who somewhere in their life’s journey have had one or many things happen to them that “crushes” their spirit. Unfortunately, for some, they stay “stuck” there and begin to dry up like they are simply waiting to die. Reading this verse today reminded me of my own journey several years ago. I will forever be grateful to Tawny, a stranger, who used her God given talents to speak the truth to me when I most needed to hear it. For the record, I choose to live!
How about you? If you think it may be time for a little “truth” in your life, I’d be honored to be that person for you. And if you’re not sure what it’s all about but you know you are ready to put your fears and excuses aside to start living the life God created YOU for, I’d like to offer you a free, no holds barred, deep coaching session so that YOU can experience your own life changing moment.
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Have a great day!
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