Retired and Feeling Acknowledged
Sometimes in life, regardless of the circumstances, you simply need someone to hear you. Oprah talked about validation in her last farewell tv show, which I loved.
As some of you know, I've been taking Life Purpose Coach certification training for months now. Acknowledging and validating is really important in coaching. I wrote this post back in June - having just watched the Oprah show a few weeks before - but never posted it. Tonight I feel abundantly blessed and just need to pass on the kind words of a colleague.
In my training, I was working with a new friend, Peach, who was coaching me. This is the email I received after our session. I was already feeling really good about what we had discussed... but this email says it all. I am Validated and feel really good today! Thank you Peach for your too kind words!!
I totally appreciate you and your “ISTJ” personality preference : ) What you have to offer me is so great as a reflection of the world opposite of my own perspective--and I love it. You deliver with such warmth, kindness and compassion, in spite of being factual, sensory, thinking and structured (which could be very cold and impersonal but is not).
I believe you have much to offer—from your life experience, professional level, and also your desire to help others. You are totally a bridging person, and that is a gift to the planet. Not many people have found ways to work their life purpose out in such a natural and childlike way. Knowing you is a good reminder to me of how “typing” is only a small tool.
You defy the stereotypes and also give me a clear, human example of God’s beauty expressed in humanity.
Thank you for being you.
Peach Jacks, Life Transition CoachWendy: Find someone and acknowledge them today! It doesn't have to be written and beautifully worded like Peach's email.. a simple "Good Job!" to the grocery store clerk will do. It is so humbling, costs you nothing, and yet will make that other person stand a bit taller, feel better, and bless the world around them! Imagine how our world might change with every retiree reading this acknowledging someone out there! Wooo Hoo!
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