This is presence:
“As you value the lives of others, yours achieves value.” -Bernard Malamud
The most present activity in my experience is in the act of listening to another person. In listening – this act of giving – my purpose is recharged.
Jason is a courageous, talented leader. I am proud he is in my network. In 2010, I facilitated a Collective Coaching experience in which Jason was the youngest participant. I was impressed with Jason’s attention to our collective work. When the 9 months had passed, Jason was inspired to form his own small group to continue the collegial benefit to which he was exposed.
Here is what Jason said to me about these experiences in an email:
I certainly can’t speak for the other guys, but personally I can tell you that the coaching that you’ve given me has definitely given me the confidence to have open conversation with my very closest friends. Previously it would have been difficult for me to have an in-depth conversation with them about issues I struggle with both personally and professionally. More than anything else, the Collective Coaching experience made me realize that every single one of us has our strengths and has issues that we would like to improve, or that we’re not the best at dealing with. It’s pretty darn cool to get together with a group of guys I’ve known all my adult life and count on each other to give us advice or at least laugh with one another!
In my personal experience with Jason, it is clear he values the lives of others. The above excerpt came from just the latest of several meaningful messages he has sent to me. I treasure his support. I need his support.