Whilst being on holiday recently and sitting by the pool, I watched my friend swim for the first time in 58 years. Swiming, for most people, may not be a significant feat yet in this moment it was incredibly compelling for her. For me to witness this achievement, I had a lump in my throat and a tear to my eye as swimming was something I knew she had always wanted to do. Once she was out she came and gave me a hug and asked why I was emotional and I said it was because she had finally achieved something she had always wanted to do.
My friend then told me it was because of me, through my encouragement and therapy that she achieved this long awaited challenge of swimming. She continued to say that it was because of the counselling we had completed together and that it gave her the confidence and motivation to swim and make many changes to her life style.
Furthermore, my other two friends concurred and also took a moment to thank me for helping them lose weight and lose their fear of going to the dentist! This really was a surreal moment of reflection for all of us and a true realisation of how people can be assisted to make changes to lives for the better.