Do you, like me, swing from gripe to gratitude throughout the day? Today’s gripe? A costly sewer repair. Today’s gratitude, I have not lost any family members to war ~ see BBC World News.
I call this my BBC News Therapy. I just have to listen to a story about rape in India, some new Gaza bomb, brutality anywhere, anything that hurts animals or children and my gripes (even about expensive sewer replacements) seem utterly trivial.
Clients have agreed with me – there is something very helpful about getting perspective on your life this way. My friend Julia asked me once, “Gemma, if you could dump your problems into a big pot and pick out someone else’s problems instead, would you?”
Yipes – dump my expensive sewer for my friend’s recent diagnosis of a brain tumor, or the sudden death of a beautiful 21 year old daughter, or a failed pregnancy, or a Tsunami divorce or or or…no way!
So – in this spirit of gratitude and abundance I was drawn to an interesting challenge from Chris Guillebeau, whose quirky project and Blog The Art of Non-Conformity Dispatch I’ve been following for several months. Chris is inviting us to participate in a social experiment by offering something of what we have or do for free.
Well – I’m not long on stuff. But time? I have 86,400 seconds a day, remember?
So, might some of these seconds be useful to someone who has never met me, as a free gift? Someone who normally can’t afford good counseling? Someone who could use someone on thier team for a bit, to listen and help sort an issue out? Here’s what I do:
- I listen deeply
- I ask questions
- I listen to your answer
- I listen to your answer so deeply that I can perhaps discern before you can the tendrils of solutions to your problems
- I work with you to co-create a plan forward
- And to create some accountability
- And follow-up.
So, here’s my FREE Attitude Adjustment OFFER
I am giving away two FREE two-hour counseling sessions (we’ll meet twice, each time for one hour) to two NEW people ( sorry existing clients, but you can offer this to a friend ) who contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with FREE ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT in the subject line.
In the body of the email, I’d like you to tell me 3 things:
- Who is the counseling for (you or someone you know)
- How do you hope it will benefit you (or someone you know)
- How will this benefit to you (or someone you know) also benefit others?
If you are new to this blog, visit my web site https://gemmautting.com/ to learn more. Then, pop me that email. I’ll even pay for your long distance phone call too – I live in Auckland New Zealand – using skype. If you too have skype – all the easier!
I’m going to be reading responses through the month of March. On April 1st I’ll write to everyone who wrote to me and let you know whether or not you’ve “won” the two free sessions.
I’m a relationship expert, so don’t limit yourself (or someone you think might benefit). Think how two hour-long sessions, focused on your ~
might make a world of difference.
Can’t wait to hear from you,
PS: Three people have asked for this already and I’m too much of a softie to say no. But this offer does need to be officially closed as of today – March 21st 2013. Thanks to those three for inviting me to share! Excited to work with each of you.
What a lovely idea:)