I’m sure it won’t come as a shock when I say that I’ve been a bit down lately. The 6 month mark hit hard, compounded by the Christmas factor. Thank goodness for Rachel’s visit or it could have been really bad! I’m pretty sure I set myself up for this disaster by creating one of those “check-in dates” when I told myself everything would be up and running perfectly at the 6 month mark. Well, surprise, surprise – it’s not! My business isn’t having the impact I know is possible, I’ve met lots of people but haven’t developed those relationships as well as I know I can and I’m not doing a good time of finding time for me (despite all the help that we employ). In summary, I still have a lot of work to do!
Alas… I’ve been quite tough on myself, especially around my business. It’s funny because I tell my clients to be gentle on themselves all the time when they’re in a transition period, yet I don’t follow my own advice. Hmmm… In fact, recently I had even gotten the idea in my head that God/spirit/the Universe had forgotten about me. That was the only reason I could think of for why I could feel SO READY for greatness, yet have nothing showing up for me. And so I pushed and then got frustrated. And pushed in another direction and then got frustrated. Rinse and repeat was my motto. Until I had a great conversation with a friend this week who basically told me to let go of control and just wait to see what showed up.
Lo and behold, 4 days later, I am reminded that there is a bigger plan for my life! AAAAAAH – EUPHORIA! Here’s what happened… I was at an AWCP meeting in November where the speaker was from a non-profit called Carewell Community. They provide support, education and hope to cancer patients and their families who live in Manila. I was very moved by the organization’s mission, as I’ve lost 3 of my Grandparents to cancer. My intuition told me to explore this route, so I finally got around to setting up a tour of the organization this week.
I arrived today to find myself in a meeting with the Managing Director, Robert Suntay. The non-profit is grounded in Robert’s love for his wife Jackie, whom he lost to cancer in the early 2000’s. He began Carewell as a tribute to her in 2005 and it now serves 300 patients and their caregivers/families. It is located just a few blocks away from Makati Medical Center, where the majority of the patients receive their care.
I went into the meeting unsure of what would emerge and left seeing EXACTLY where I fit into the divine plan that was unfolding around me. After my tour of the facilities, Robert asked me where my volunteering interests lay. I began to tell him about my desire to use my coaching skills to help the patients process their experience more completely and recreate their identity post-cancer. As I talked, I watched a smile slowly spread across his face. Turns out they’d been looking for a coach for a long time without success and he was intimately familiar with my coaching school, The Coaches Training Institute. Coincidence that I ended up there today? – I think NOT!
We talked for an hour straight, finishing each other’s sentences and speaking faster and faster as the energy in the room crescendoed. It was electric, I tell you! Wish you could have been there! :) I’ll keep you posted on what develops, but our initial plan is to do a weekly group session with patients where I’ll coach 2 people each time (in front of a group of 10-15 other patients). I’m imagining that to be quite impactful… He also asked if I’d be open to coaching the oncologists, volunteers and support givers that donate their time. Looks like I could be quite busy! Who knew??? THANK YOU UNIVERSE, this is EXACTLY what I need right now!