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Color of Blue Story

I’m often asked about my favorite color.  This is easy because I love blue.

Blue is linked to depth and stability.  It symbolizes trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, and truth.  Considered beneficial to the mind and body, blue reminds me of the sky and ocean.  The sky makes me happy because I love photographing birds all over the world. The ocean… is now my friend. 

It wasn’t always. All my life, I had a fear of deep water.  Then we decided to go on a cruise to Bora Bora with friends.  Snorkeling was an option and those who didn’t would sit and relax on the boat.  Since I’d rather enjoy life than be an observer, I didn’t want to miss out– even though I never went into a pool over my head.  What was I going to do?

There’s always an option during challenging times, and I found one.  Instead of resigning myself to the sun deck, I hired a swimming coach who taught me how to overcome my fear as well as the basics of snorkeling.  It took several weeks for me to finally feel comfortable in deep water.  Not even my family knew, because I wanted to surprise them, plus I didn’t want to disappoint them if I couldn’t dive into the Pacific.

The lessons were a success.  When the time came, I jumped into the dark blue, mysterious ocean, happy to relax and enjoy the view.  My life changed once I put my face in the water.  I swam with the most gorgeous fish, sharks, turtles, sea lions, saw colorful coral and followed manta rays. I was the last person to get out of the water because I was having such a great time.

Facing and conquering my lifelong fear and doing something about it is a lesson I’ll never forget.  Since then we have snorkeled the Barrier Reef in Australia, Galapagos and all over the world. 

At times coaching clients share their concerns, and I relate to their hesitation when coping with a tough conversation or making a career move.  We all need a gentle nudge to face and eliminate our fears.  Personal growth and professional development are necessary for everyone, including coaches, to stay current. “The best can only get better,” is one of my mottos. I remember that every time I see blue and think of the ocean.