The Last Post: Walk


Lately many people seem to be trading New Year resolutions for their one word. This one word becomes an affirmation for the year ahead. My word for 2015 is walk. Not only do I want to team with my son to help him walk again if that’s possible, but I want to walk through the challenges ahead for our family with as much grace as I can offer the world.

When I’m sleep deprived and worried it’s easy to be frustrated and a little snappy (or snippy). It’s harder to stay quiet and set up a bath with chamomile bubbles. It’s easy to let my mind hop on a gerbil wheel of “What ifs” and harder to stop my catastrophic thinking avalanche and sit for ten minutes in silence. I hope to walk toward things this year that will bring me back into balance and toward my Better Heather.

Walk. My husband and I walk on Sunday mornings. We started by walking seven miles when we had some major life decisions to talk through. We needed those hours to really process the complexity of what was going on for us. I loved Seth Godin’s Blog about walking.

When I lived in the hospital for weeks, I got accustomed to taking my life five minutes at a time. I’d say to myself, “Heather, we don’t know what’s going to happen in an hour, but can you do the next five minutes? Yes, you can.” Now that we are home, we’ve transitioned to be able to do an hour or even a day at a time. I still know that when life calls on me to do so, I can walk through it five minutes at a time.

So Happy New Year to you. May you walk your path this coming year in the way only you can. You probably noticed that a bunch of posts came out at once today. I sorted through my draft files and wrapped up pieces that had been waiting there for you. I had many questions about whether I should keep the Coach to Coach blog as “wait and see” or finish my project that was just going to last a year. I’ve got enough “wait and see” in my life right now. We all like closure. The truth is my creative energy and advocacy is flowing in a different way right now. I’m honored to get the opportunity to support my son and my family through our healing process and that’s the true path I’m walking right now.

Thank you for all you’ve gifted me as readers. I’ve met new friends, traveled to places I only knew by map and received ideas and resources galore. Please enjoy and share the Coach to Coach archives. Ultimately, I’m grateful for your company–maybe we’ll walk again sometime.

10 thoughts on “The Last Post: Walk

  1. Good Luck to you and your family Heather. I have taken so much from your writing to assist me in both teaching and working with colleagues in my school. Much appreciation from Melbourne, Australia.

  2. Heather,
    Respect & best wishes to you, your son and family. We were together at a Choice Literacy session in Maine and it was a pleasure to meet & converse with you. Your reflective work is valued and your strength of choice at this time is admired. I will keep you all in my intentions on my own daily walks.
    Sincere best wishes, Sharon.

  3. Today I watched the conferring lessons from your “On the Same Page” DVD to prepare for an upcoming day of PD in my district. It was nice to spend time with you today, even though it was vicariously via a DVD. You and your family are in my thoughts in prayers, Heather. You are an amazing person!

  4. Heather,
    I wish you courage, and light, and the ability to find laughter still. I was so grateful to find you when I needed a voice out there, who had walked my new path… before. May you now find mentors and lanterns to light the way as you undertake this new journey.

  5. Heather,
    I am so inspired by your writing. You ALWAYS have great messages to share with others. I hope you consider blogging when things level out a little. And while I don’t know you personally, I will pray for you and your family.
    Thinking of you,

  6. Thank you, Heather, for your professional and personal inspiration–in both Maine and Vermont. My heartfelt best wishes to you and your family as you take each step forward in this promising new year. Warmly, Pat

  7. good luck to you as you walk – certainly not alone – in this new chapter of your life. I’ll keep you, your son, and your family in my prayers.

  8. Heather,
    I learned so much from you, both in Maine and Vermont. I will never be as good a coach as you, but I am grateful for everything you shared in your sessions and your blog. I wish you all the best and will keep your family in my prayers.

  9. Heather,
    Thank you for opening up your life through your writing. It has been a blessing to read your posts. They have inspired me, educated me and caused me to reflect on both my personal life and coaching practice. You have walked me through the first two years as a coach with gentleness, grace, affirmation and encouragement. May your walk into the next phase of your life bring these same qualities of support. Wishing you many blessings in the new year. You, your son and your family continue to be in my prayers.

  10. Thank you, Heather. I am so grateful for the thoughts, insights and advice you have shared. May peace, strength, and grace be with you and your family. I look forward to hearing from you in the future – whenever you are ready to share again. Thanks for keeping the Archives available, so I can revisit them when I need the support and encouragement. Best wishes.

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