As an entrepreneur, I started a company called SWASH (Skills, Wit and Attitude are shaped here) in 1997.
I designed a few courses to help children, adolescents and professionals to build confidence, ignite their motivation, and hone their public speaking skills. Apart from life skills and soft skills enhancement, I offered them my eyes to observe their heartfelt emotions, my ears to listen to their unsaid stories and my shoulder to lean on in distress.
Having trained thousands of participants in last fifteen years, I felt like asking them if SWASH still meant something to them. Three days ago, I closed my eyes and tried to remember as many names as I could from various years (from 1997 – 2007) .
I wrote around thirty names in under five minutes and posted a small note to them on Facebook. (I searched twenty of them on facebook, sent a friend request which was accepted within a minute. I was already connected to the rest)
In the note, I asked them:
- When did you join Swash (at what age) / What were you doing at that time?
- Do you remember how you felt at Swash? Do you still follow what you learnt?
- Do you honestly believe that a guide/coach can influence you forever?
- Did I touch your life, enrich it in some way or waves of time have wiped off all of it?
I wrote it because I missed my students so much. I wrote it because I wanted to know if life coaching really helps.
To my surprise, I received sixteen responses immediately which were all liners like
“I cannot forget you ever Ma’am”
“You are the best mentor I ever got, thank you for making me feel special once again.”
“A Pranam and a big hug to you, Madam”.
They all promised to send detailed answers (already got 5 this morning) but their immediate responses warmed my heart and nourished my soul.
Have you ever felt the same warmth and contentment?
It doesn’t hurt sometimes to ask your loved ones what you mean to them.
Dr. Swati Lodha is an Author, Entrepreneur, Motivational Speaker, Parenting expert based in Mumbai. Having written Bestsellers like Come on get set go & Why Women are What they are, her book on Parenting will be published soon. Currently, she is running Life Lemonade which offers unique Training Programs on Life Transformation, High Performance Leadership, Women Issues and Parenting.
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