I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what it takes to sustain someone trying to make a difference in the world, and about the kind of virtual contract we need to sign with each other if we are going to do this work together.
Here’s a starting list for what I’d put in that contract:
I will answer your call, even if I haven’t heard from you lately. Because I know that if you’re calling, it’s important.
When we speak, I will be there fully for you – emotionally as well as intellectually.
I will care for you.
I will express support and love.
I will ask tough questions, and I will be willing to search for answers with you.
I will help you hold up a mirror to yourself.
I will always show up in service of your purpose, which sometimes means holding your feet to the fire.
I will be kind, and tough, gentle and strong.
I will remind you of why you do this work.
I will help you to see that you are stronger than you think you are, and that you are stronger than you feel right now.