What I’ve come to learn is that the world is never saved in grand messianic gestures, but in the simple accumulation of gentle, soft, almost invisible acts of compassion, everyday acts of compassion. In South Africa they have a phrase called ubuntu. Ubuntu comes out of a philosophy that says, the only way for me to be human is for you to reflect my humanity back at me.
― Chris Abani
The current events have provided many of us an opportunity for reflection. The need for humanity and compassion has likely never been evidenced on such a global scale in our lifetimes. As coaches, we may feel an intense calling to serve while grappling with personal and family concerns and while adjusting to a volatile and uncertain world. Speaking personally, I’ve found it difficult to determine where my focus needs to be and what I am inviting, from myself, to emerge.
Twice a week Coacharya is holding a space for the international coaching community, and beyond, to come together and share our challenges, internal resources and ideas for change. Together we are inspiring ourselves and each other to create a positive momentum that will expand our web of support, interweaving through our individual communities and beyond.
It was from one of these sessions that I learned about the term ubuntu, introduced in the quote above. This is a word that perfectly encapsulates my vision of how I want to show up right now.
In order to maintain the privacy of the circle, sessions are not recorded. All are welcome. Attendees don’t need to be coaches or coaching students, we just ask that all honour confidentiality and inclusivity. In accordance with coaching guidelines we won’t provide advice though we may share support or an insight on how a comment resonated for us. Sharing is optional, one can always arrive and just listen.