Rich Relationships

April 2012

Do you ever feel so blessed that you just pinch yourself to see if this is real? I do. One thing I’m especially grateful for is my relationships. This past month, I’ve had the pleasure of being around some terrific people. These special folks are in my professional, personal, and family realm. My clients are some of the best in their respective industries, and I have the privilege of coaching them on issues that impact their work and lives. At this point in my career, I only take clients that I like, who challenge me and stretch themselves, and that will work hard to achieve professional growth. I truly enjoy building relationships with each of my very bright, motivated clients. We do some exciting work together.

I also thrive on being with my friends. Recently, I had a retreat here in my home for seven very cool women. I deliberately kept the group small and intimate. We talked about how we show up in the world, and how to bring more of who we are into our work and personal lives. The conversations were lively, candid, and at times very moving. We also laughed a lot. We supported one another in strategizing about overcoming what holds us back. Each woman left with specific commitments to herself and the group about personal growth goals. At the end of our day together, I felt incredibly energized and peaceful at the same time. Such relationships are treasures in my life.

This past weekend was an annual Seal family gathering. It was a chance to be with family members that I only get to see a couple of times a year. I am so grateful for the time with each of them, and the memories that we share. My sons were in town, too. Those of you who know me, understand that being with my two sons is one of my favorite things in life. They are kind, smart, funny, and a joy to be around. I always learn something when I’m with them. They teach me so much about love and life.

I read recently that you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. Those people influence our thinking, what we talk about, where we go, and how we see the world (and even ourselves). I’ve pondered that idea over the past month. I’m very mindful of how I invest my time, and with whom. I’ve reflected on those people in my life that I have meaningful relationships with, and what that brings to me, and what opportunities it gives me to enrich their lives as well. With whom do you spend time? What impact do they have on your life? How do you feel about that? If I can support you in stepping back to consider these questions, please ask. Have a wonderful month!

Warm regards,

Sharon Keys Seal

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