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Unbidden Angels 

 
It’s so lovely to receive a gift – especially, I think, when it is unexpected and you know the person really extended himself/herself to give the gift.   Recently, a local therapist – who works long hours – offered to host an event for me at her home.  I was quite surprised at her generosity – and grateful.  Afterwards, I found a thank you gift that seemed just right and took it to her, along with a card.  

Her thoughtful efforts on my behalf reminded me of other people in my life who have been there for me – like unbidden angels.  They selflessly extended themselves, and their efforts produced long-lasting benefits for me.   Unfortunately, I can’t send gifts to them today, or thank you cards.  I hope I thanked them appropriately at the time, but some of these events were long ago, and I can’t recall for sure.

 
At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.
Albert Schweitzer
So, I’m taking this opportunity to thank one unbidden angel, in particular.  He was the director of a local foundation.  I met him when his secretary became ill and he needed temporary help.  At the time, I was 25 years old, married, with a family.   Any dreams of college had been relegated to “the shelf” - out of sight, if not out of mind.  I was on contract with the temporary agency and my first assignment was to work for this man.   

I still recall the foundation’s spacious penthouse office.  The director was a very proper gentleman who came to work promptly each day in an expensive suit, dress shirt and tie. Each morning, I was called into his office where I sat in the straight-backed wooden secretarial chair and took dictation, as he sat behind his large elegant desk.  When he finished signing the correspondence, he would sit back in his chair and it was time for discussions.  Sometimes, he told me about local politics or we discussed current events.  Other times, he told me about the books he was reading.   At 12:00 on the dot, I was given the mail to be posted and the office was closed for the day. 

At the end of the summer, he announced that his secretary had recovered and would be assuming her old duties.  He encouraged me to apply for a secretarial job across the street, in the prestigious trust department of a bank. I was much younger than the other secretaries in the department and I’m sure his recommendation was key to my getting this plum job.

I’d been working there for about 8 years when, one morning, out of the blue, I received a phone call from this gentleman. He said he was retiring from the foundation and then – to my amazement - he said, “Kendra, it’s time for you to go back to college.  The foundation will pay your tuition and books.  You must make your decision right away.” 

I was shocked.  I had not spoken with him for years.  Because of this “unbidden angel” I was able to go to college and complete my bachelor’s degree.  I wish I could tell him today how many times I’ve thought of him with gratitude, and what a difference he made in my life.  

“Thank you” my unbidden angel.  I can’t tell you personally, but when I have opportunities to step up and out for someone else, I think of you.  Your gift continues to bless me and others too.

We always invite readers to participate with us in our continuing conversation.  I hope you will seize this special opportunity to say “thanks” to someone and share your stories with us.  

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
John F. Kennedy
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Both Terry and I are grateful to have met all the people of Glenwood, NM who attended a discussion and book signing this past week.  We’ll tell you all about it next month with pictures.
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