Thoughts and such like.....
As we prepare or continue to hunker down for a ‘long’ winter, I’m taking joy from little moments. Cherishing them as they appear:
I’m an introvert who’s always stepped into her costume and played the extrovert, now I don’t have to. I’m spending more time in reflection – asking myself much deeper questions than I might have if we hadn’t been in a pandemic, and lockdown.
My coach supervisor asked me: Who are you professionally, what is your coach Identity? A question I’ve been playing with. However, it prompts another question:
A fascinating question that’s asking me to look into my values, my inner self not just as I see me, but also as how I show up in the World.
As an immigrant to my Country of choice, I am a proud Canadian, however I’m also a proud Irish person. Neither of these countries were where I was brought up, I’ve always felt a bit of an outsider. Maybe it’s because of the roaming childhood, maybe it’s just who I am.
And I ask myself – where do I belong?
I know many are facing incredibly difficult challenges, loss of livelihood, business or profession, stress, pandemic burnout, family challenges with children, partners, parents. I can empathize, I vividly remember the phone call telling me my mother had passed, I was across the ocean thousands of kilometres away, at least then I was able to book a flight and get home to say goodbye, today that’s almost impossible. How do you manage?
I have a sweater I knitted during the final days of my father’s passing, it’s green silk extremely complex. When stressed, I knit. It’s my outlet, and the more stressed I am, the more complicated the pattern. I still have that sweater, and I take it out now and then, and it reminds me, of that time. A time when my family came together, a time of memories good and bad, however a time of honouring my dad in his final days, and in all I can say the memories feel supportive, I wrap them around me like a warm blanket, and I know I’m okay!
So I ask you, how are you managing? What are you taking from these extraordinary times? And what can you learn? And, what do you need?
I want to offer anyone who wishes a complimentary hour with me… to talk, to have an ear to listen. Contact me here and I will send you my calendar link. You will not be put on a mailing list, nor contacted again by me unless you decide to re-connect. This is my ‘Christmas gift’ to you, and me….
Take care and stay safe
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