I was teaching customer service skills to call center employees at a large church organization in Nashville in the mid1990s. Afterwards a gentleman came up to and proudly announced he had my first book, If Change Is All There is, Choice Is all You’ve Got. I thanked him, and he said “You don’t remember me, do you?” I allowed as how I had no idea, and he went on to prod my memory, and tell me that his daddy and he were the men that brought the runaways (of which I was one) food and blankets at the haybarn where we were holed up in 1969.
I’ve gone from there--and through all that moving beyond it entailed--to become a graduate of Vanderbilt University, a published author in multiple fields, an Adjunct Instructor in Psychiatry at Georgetown University and, um, my work is used on every continent except Antarctica.
I am so glad I made the effort, and persisted. Homeless runaway, 1969. Undisputed success with more to come, 2023.
Grateful all the time. Even when it’s hard.