When I was a little girl, I had an aunt whom I adored. Actually she was my great-aunt, and I usually got to see her every year or so. Her name was Elsie and she loved me and accepted me unconditionally. I remember that if she ever had to correct me, she always did it gently and with a twinkle in her eye. I actually remember feeling warm in her presence like I was wrapped in a thick down quilt and only she could really see me.

For a living, my great-aunt took in newborns who needed foster care. Over the years of her life, she fostered literally hundreds of small babies. I remember feeling jealous of them because I wanted to live with her. I knew that with her, I would always be secure. When I laughed, she laughed; when I cried, she held me and sometimes even cried with me. I always felt that I was her special great-niece and that she loved me the most. I didn't realize that she made everyone feel that way until I was much older.

Looking back, I now understand that my great-aunt was successful at making me feel loved because she had a clear vision of who she was and what she wanted in life. When you understand clearly what your vision is of yourself and what your potential is as a person, that impacts everything you do. It also impacts everyone around you. My great-aunt impacted everyone around her as she lived her vision. Your vision may be personal or business, but if it doesn't inspire and challenge those around you, then maybe my great-aunt's lession is for you: Don't just have a vision, be a visionary!

Author's Bio: 

Cathy is a graduate of the Certified Professional Coaching course with Fowler Wainwright International. Cathy is based out of Calgary, Alberta where she has been living for the past eight years. She is married and has two adult children, one of whom is married. She is also an ordained pastor and is certified in Lay Counseling, since 1989. Cathy is currently working on a degree as well as continuing to build her life coaching business. Cathy’s primary purpose is to make a difference in the world by helping people be all they can be.