* Coach Training Alliance (CTA) Certified Coach;
* Founder of ReDok Transformation Center; and
* Accomplished Speaker and Writer.
As your coach, I will help you rise above the pain and uncertainty of transitional losses, to ignite the fire of a vision you always had for your life.
As I sat down to share with you lessons learned in my 49 years of “living”, I began to reflect on how important it is to sit back, push through and breathe in the seasons of life. My story is not unique in any stretch of the imagination, however I know that what my experiences have taught me will bring others new perspectives in which they may learn to sit back, push through and breathe in the blessings and grace that life’s uncertainties and changes can bring.
I believe the author Sue Monk Kidd in her book The Secret Life of Bees said it well;
“Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can’t remember who we are or why we’re here.”
What I have learned through my personal experiences with divorce (as a child and adult), job changes, financial issues, kid issues (six total, 3 born of me and 3 that took “steps” to be born into my heart) and the list goes on daily, is that every day brings an ebb and flow of changes in which I have learned to develop a need for “maître”. Maître is the Sanskrit word for loving-kindness (Grace). This kindness and grace must first and foremost be gifted to ourselves and then it can flow out to others whom are present in the shifting seasons of our life.
"For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another."
The seasons I speak of are such transitions for example as an illness diagnosis, you may have found yourself “suddenly single” through the death of a spouse or divorce. Maybe you’re single and wonder if you’ll ever get married. Maybe you’re about to graduate from college and have no idea what you will do this coming year. Perhaps you just lost your job. Maybe you’ve just started a new job and feel overwhelmed at the challenges that are before you. Or you’ve just moved to a new area where you know no one. The list is endless as well as the perspectives around these “story makers”. The end gift of everyone’s story can be for us to grow into individuals that are able to go out and teach others the value of seasonal transitions while continually practicing personal grace .
Written by Cara Barth, Certified Relationship Life Coach-Specializing in Grief and Loss, founder of ReDok Transformation Center