My blog revisited…

It’s a year since I posted anything on my blog. It seems a lifetime ago…

I’m sure I don’t need to remind anyone that we’ve been living through many months dealing with the worst pandemic to hit humanity for over a hundred years. No-one across the globe has been unaffected. And we’ll be dealing with this pandemic for many months to come. COVID-19 may have changed our lives permanently… in one way or another depending who we are…

I’m grateful to all those readers who have continued to visit my blog. The current situation has meant I haven’t been able to engage for a long time, but the stats have nevertheless shown a level of interest and use that I didn’t expect. If my work has a ‘life of it’s own’ and is able to help people in their coaching journey, I’m happy. That was my intention when I began the blog back in February 2017, and it’s a great pleasure to me that what I intended is being fulfilled.

You know of my coaching and academic work in the higher education sector. What you don’t know is that for some time I’ve had a role in supporting the functioning of an inpatient ward in a National Health Service (NHS) hospital here in the UK. This is partly why you haven’t heard from me over the past months.

This combination of activities has opened up further vistas for me on the broad range of human experience, yielding many lessons around the nature of human strength and human frailty. Whilst on the surface they may not seem coaching-related, in fundamental ways they are because, like coaching, they deal with our sense of self, our expectations, and our ‘demons’.

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My last post back on 6 January 2020 highlighted a workshop on resilience I gave in the now long-distant summer of 2019. If there’s one word that encapsulates what we’ve needed during the past year – regardless of who we are and where we live – it’s resilience.

I can’t post as often or at the same length as previously. If I can, though, I’d like to offer up thoughts from time to time which might help all of us increase our sense of resilience and well-being in this precious world of ours, whether we’re coaches or not. I’m not sure yet what form this will take, but I’m hoping you’ll find my reflections useful.

I wish everyone well in this time of difficulty. All things come to an end, and let’s hope this pandemic ends sooner rather than later. May we all learn to live with the new realities, as well as the realities of what we’ve experienced. In the meantime, may we all do our part to take care of ourselves and others. And may we all stay safe and well…

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