Claire writes: “When you’re working with people and real stuff, it’s hard to not become involved in some of the pain and confusion that we hear. That’s true in coaching and it’s also probably true in much of what you do day to day. Trust and intimacy are an important aspect of a coaching approach. Yet the risk is that we enter so far into the pain and confusion that we lose our ability to support that individual or organisation because we become as stuck as our companion.
TS Elliot has some wisdom here: “Teach us to care and not to care. Teach us to sit still.”
I don’t think that sitting still is necessarily about being passive. Maybe it’s one way of supporting others to hold their nerve through difficult times – and holding it ourselves. Think about it…?”
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