At the gym today, I ran into a woman I had coached over a year ago. She was blocked on the biographical essay on a graduate school application and I coached her through the process. It was a wonderful challenge for me to draw her out, to have her tell me why she wanted the degree, what it would mean. The essay flowed from her once we had verbally established what her most compelling and relevant life experiences were.

Today she told me she has two semesters left to complete that masters degree in international affairs. It felt so good to hear that. So good. Coaching is such a rush sometimes.

What makes this client particularly inspirational is the fact that she is blind. I cannot fathom taking on such enormous challenges without the benefit of one of my senses.

So often my clients act as a beacon of sorts. It’s like things come full circle. And I wonder who’s teaching who.