Archive for April, 2009

Grandma’s 3 Questions

April 26th, 2009

After 12 days of living with this cold, a few things have dawned on me.  First of all, it’s a nuisance and an inconvenience.  Secondly, it has served as a reminder to slow down which I do appreciate from time to time.  And third, it helps me reminisce about my grandmother.  Rose was her name and she lived for almost 90 years — and died in 1998 just 3 months shy of her 90th.  Whenever I reflect on my inner coach team, Grandma is always sitting at the head of the table because she was coaching others well before coaching was even called coaching.  If she had a specialty area, it was always about life balance and impeccable self-care.  And here is an example of her simplicity and clarity:

After I moved to Los Angeles in 1988 we would talk every Saturday morning, and she would always ask me 3 questions:

  • Are you eating right?
  • Are you getting enough rest?
  • Are you working too hard?

I’m forever grateful to my grandmother and carry her with me wherever I go.  As a result of having her in my life, I now ask myself these questions on a regular basis, and I hope that you’ll do the same.

Shifting Gears

April 18th, 2009

It’s become crystal clear these past few weeks that I’ve needed to slow down whether or not I choose this “de-celeration”.  Two weeks ago I had minor surgery–a very non-threatening type of skin cancer called basal cell carcinoma, and this weekend I’m home with a nasty cold as it’s in the 70’s outside.  My body generally knows before I do that it’s time to slow down and these inconveniences have done just that–a chance to slow down, stay home and listen to my body as it heals.

Life balance is something that most coaches discuss with their clients at one time or another, but how many of us truly practice what we preach on a daily basis?  My intention is to invite this awareness into my life with greater frequency as I walk alongside my clients.  And I welcome you to do the same.