Part of our goodwill series
When I heard about the month of Goodwill stories the one that came straight to mind is the greatest gift I received nearly 15 years ago.
I had moved down to the south of Spain on a shoestring and had decided that I wanted to become a coach. I had no money, not even enough to fly back to the UK let alone pay for a course. But I knew in my heart of hearts that this is what I wanted to do with my life – it was literally my calling.
I started telling everyone who would listen about my dream and one day I was bending the ear of a man I had only just met. He nodded and listened and told me to go for it.
The next day he called me. He said, “you don’t know this but I am a trainer and I am a coach and I don’t think you should wait until you have the money to do the training. It is obviously the right thing for you and so I have made a decision. I am going to train you myself – for free.”
If I had been sitting on a chair I would have fallen off it! And true to his word for the next 9 months we had a weekly training on the beach! Not only that but he handed over years worth of papers, exercises, handouts that he was happy for me to use in my new coaching business. He then went on to mentor me for another year. He literally gave me my future.
What an incredible gift. Not only did he teach me the coaching basics that I needed to get going but he developed my skills and gave me the confidence to go out and do what I love.
I am a great believer that at times angels in disguise drop into our lives and help us go in the right direction. They come in all shapes and sizes but they can be recognised by the selfless actions they offer. They often bring our greatest gifts. He was definitely an angel in my life. Had he not given so generously I would probably have eventually managed to get trained and start my work but it would definitely have been delayed by a few years.
All he asked is that I paid it forward. I love this concept of paying it forward and I now work pro bono with people I feel moved to offer it to. Many, like me, have no means of getting the support they need at crucial times in their lives and each time I come across someone and am moved to work with them I feel that greatest gift I was given all those years ago still working it’s magic through the years.
Someone I paid it forward to this year said to me recently, when I pointed out that it was she who had done the work to create the success she was now experiencing, that it was my belief in her that had given her the confidence and belief in herself. It reminded me of how I felt when my angel believed in me. These gifts that drop into our lives are so precious and I sometimes think we have no idea how far reaching they can be.
I am just so grateful for the angels in our midst.