The other day I had a tough day, it wasn’t business related but still. Somehow the Universe wanted to cheer me up by sending a few touching feedbacks my way from my loving clients. They couldn’t have chosen a better day.
That made me ponder the questions:
- HOW do I serve my clients
- what do I provide
- what change in their life was I most proud of.You might remember my recent post on how The Artist’s Way (TAW) changed my life. When I lived in Europe I was at some point a newcomer in a foreign country. I knew it was up to me to find people, so I decided to do what I’ve always wanted to do … gather like-minded individuals. <3 I became an organizer and facilitator of TAW group … It was one of the best gifts and experiences in life.
There were people from all walks of life … from students to nearly retired … people of different nationalities … amazing creative people.As an organizer, my biggest objective was to provide a safe, judgement-free, intimate space for everyone to express themselves. I put my heart and soul into it and did the best I knew how.
I will never forget one of the participants. She was a woman in her 50ies. A housewife by choice as her husband provided enough for a very comfortable lifestyle. She had never worked before and was ready to discover her passion as her kids were getting older.
A year and a half before we met she had had an ear operation which left her half-deaf. After that unfortunate event, it became more and more difficult for her to attend social events because she couldn’t always hear what people were saying.
She soon got frustrated, lacked confidence which slowly led to social isolation. Until she discovered “my” group … I guess something inside told her to give it a chance.
Soon after joining she discovered she would like to write a book … she began exploring and found a writing class which she then joined and enjoyed immensely.
I don’t know if her story had a happy ending if there is such a thing but I will never forget how she thanked me before I left my role (one of not so clever life choices on my side, I admit) …
She said she felt accepted for who she was, she felt she could open up and trust us … “It all started here,” she said, “before I was afraid to go out, but here I opened up … I no longer care what other people think of me … I feel like a new person, I’m setting boundaries, I take care of myself first … it all started here …. I’ll never forget that.”
That’s my drive to be a good facilitator, nothing can beat that <3
However, with this post I want to say:
No matter the disabilities you have (or believe you have) … find your people, let them support you ….let them provide a soil where you can grow, bloom and thrive …
With this post, I also have a question …
What change in your client’s life are you most proud of?
Let me know <3