Over the weekend, I was in Boston for a conference with some work friends. I work part-time for Wellcoaches School of Coaching, which trains and certifies health and wellness coaches.
We all work remotely for the company so we don’t often have a chance to gather in the same space. But when we do, we make it count. It’s really kind of a phenomenon how well we all get along and how connected we are given the physical space between most of us.
It never fails when I am reunited with them in person, it’s all warm hugs, smiles, and catching up with what’s going on in each other’s lives.
Our last gathering was similarly warm but with bittersweet and somber notes as we had traveled to be with one of our colleagues who wasn’t well and was soon to enter hospice care. The group did its best to envelop her in love and appreciation and by extension drew her family into ours as well.
This addition to our family was evident at the conference as tribute was paid to our friend with her family in attendance. I was so happy to see her husband, parents, and sister but what was even more heart-warming is their genuine happiness to see all of us. Our family has officially grown to include all of these wonderful people as well.
Also this weekend, many of us had the opportunity to meet, in person, two of our other Wellcoaches partners. One is partnering with our school to bring our coaching curriculum to Mexico and the other is working directly for Wellcoaches. While many of us had never met either of these gentlemen before by Saturday afternoon we were all fast friends (I am learning from Lowi) and full of hugs and well wishes upon our departure.
In fact, our familial attachment to one another often is more evident to others than our business ties. Our Mexico counterpart commented, you really are a family. I don’t know how it happened or why it endures but we are. It’s certainly a credit to our founder but I suppose to each of us as well. Collectively and individually we put that kind of energy into our work and more importantly into each other.
It’s a gift. It’s a blessing. It’s a family.
Sunshine & Sarcasm,
Lowi & G