left the security of family, school, a job and a guaranteed income to
choose a path that wasn’t predicted for me. After obtaining my
degree as teacher and Cultural Worker, I worked in Holland with severely
physically and mentally challenged children for more then 10 years. Many
of these children were confined to wheelchairs. Some could not speak.
Many needed to be escorted to the restroom. Some experienced revulsion
at being touched. I visited parents, year after year to encourage them
and to urge them to believe in the gift their child had to offer the
world and from which I benefited greatly.
I just ‘felt’ I had to go. I knew there was something else out there
for me. I quit my job, sold everything and flew to America. I arrived in
America without American credentials, without a job and without any
friends. I had to start all over again, from scratch. That has been an
exciting and worthwhile challenge!
Now I am
an inspirational speaker, Life Coach, a freelance model, an author of
several inspirational books for adults and children and the founder of
the Woolly Wizard Foundation.
forget how the children taught me the JOY
They just sat there
in their wheel chairs, ‘beaming’, without worrying about a bad hair
day or without criticizing anybody. They wanted to live and have fun and
challenged me to give them the steps for how to achieve that despite
their circumstances. They taught me to find ways to communicate directly
with the Being without getting distracted by any limiting conditions.
always remember my school principal who said: "Tell me what this
child can do,
don’t tell me what he cannot do!" Now I coach people
how to Feel Alive, how to focus on their strengths and
capabilities, which empowers them to confront any
they need to face.