A note from a friend

by Bernie DeKoven on June 30, 2010

What has consistently proven to be the most fun for me is bringing more fun to other people. And even more, when I bring more fun to other people who are bringing more fun to other people.

Marie Martin, an old friend from Perth was attending a class the other day, and asked to write a post card to someone she would put on her own personal pedestal. It was me she sent the post card to. Me.

She wrote:

Tonight I was at a facilitators’ network meeting when I was asked to think of someone who had really made a difference to my life as a facilitator. And you were my inspiration. You have made such an impact on my thinking. I share your Me/We with lots of new facilitators. Your blog makes me smile every day. Your joy of and in life gives me a model and a goal for maintaining my positivity and energy. I feel so blessed that I not only found you during my Ph.D., but had the privilege of sharing time with you and Rocky and family. So this is a thank you – for your wisdom, your passion, and your love.

And, well, aw shucks and stuff.

Her post card came at a when I’ve been thinking alot about my “legacy,” as people of my age often do. That’s what Fun Coaching is all about for me – one last big push legacy-wards. Or perhaps the next to the last. But Marie (yes, I phoned her, in Perth, in Australia) helped me realize that I have not only left a legacy of significant legaciousness, but that everything I do, even this post, is more legacy-leaving. And suddenly, my soul got reorganized. And I sighed. Deeply.

And then I laughed.

And then I wrote this, to thank her, and to remind me.

And now you’ve read it.


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Marie Martin July 1, 2010 at 12:01 am

I’m so glad I sent this postcard! I recommend the process to everyone reading the list. It is so easy to think that the people we hold in high regard a) know we hold them in high regard and b) are so highly regarded that they don’t need our affirmations.
I can’t tell you how much FUN I’ve had with this. Not only did I speak about Bernie to people in a facilitator’s network – and spread the fun there. Not only did we all share our ‘pedestals’ and share the fun of hearing about the impact various people have made in our lives. Not only did I enjoy the process of writing the card – and shedding a few joyful tears at the profound impact this man has had on my life – his kindness and generosity which have never ceased or ceased to inspire. Not only did I have the fun of finding appropriate stamps and knowing I was sending an international snail mail post card in a blog and email world. But then Bernie GOT it! And he wrote to me! And then he CALLED me using that other old technology of the phone and we spoke and heard one another’s voices. And cried a little more from the sheer joy of knowing how blessed we are.
So, what are you waiting for? Who are you going to send a post card to today? Please continue the fun!
Marie

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