Coming Full Circle
For most of my adult life, I was an intensely driven, type-A person, consumed with climbing the corporate ladder. At the pinnacle of my career, I was living in Boston implementing ERP and CRM systems. As a project manager, I traveled throughout Asia, Europe and the United States. In many ways I had it all. I had success in business with an ivy-league degree to back it up, a loving husband, lucrative financial rewards and I was still young.
But then, on September 11, 2001 everything changed. Although I wasn’t directly affected by the loss of a loved one, a few of my colleagues were. And, as I watched Flight 11 from Boston crash into the North Tower of the World Trade Center, I instantly thought, “That could have been me.” I suddenly realized that what we did on a daily basis paled in comparison. After this defining moment, I started to think about my life in a deeper way.
Although September 11th was my initial awakening, the events of October 15th, one month later, were even more personal and had a greater affect on my outlook. That morning I was working from home. It was 9:15 and I was still in my pajamas in my bedroom on the phone with my husband. I was urgently describing to him a crisis that had just happened in my company that morning.
Downstairs I heard the doorbell ring but I was too busy to answer it. I looked out my bedroom window and I could see the man walking along our sidewalk back to his car. Moments later I heard to piercing sound of glass breaking downstairs. I said to my husband, “Oh my God, he is in our house.”
Within seconds the robber had climbed our stairs and was in front of me staring at me with a look of shock and confusion. I continued to hold the phone to my ear even though my husband had hung up to call the police. And, with extreme fear, I cried “help me” into the phone. I was hoping that he would assume that it was the police on the other end of the line.
For an instant, we looked into each other’s eyes. His energy was quick and scattered. It was clear that this man was on drugs. Fortunately, he ran back down the stairs, out of our house and got in the car and sped away. The good news is that I was able to get his license plate number and about three weeks later he was caught and was ultimately sentenced to three years in prison.
The even better news was that I was not harmed in any way that day. I could have been raped or killed but instead I survived the incident with only a headache and trembling hands. For at least a week, if not longer, my body vibrated at an amplified level. I felt like I was plugged into a charger and my system was on overload. I was hyper vigilant. My five senses were on constant alert and my sixth sense had awakened.
Although I wasn’t physically hurt, the event spawned a major transformation in my life. It was as if I had escaped an early ending to my life and now I was living on borrowed time. No longer could I accept the status quo. Three months later, I quit my job. Nine months later, we sold our second house on the cape. And two years later we moved to Scottsdale, Arizona. Given a second chance, I vowed to make a positive difference in this world. After transforming in deeply fulfilling ways, I opened my private practice, Inspiring Hearts. For the past decade I have helped transform numerous lives through spiritual coaching, lectures and workshops.
In 2007, I had a heartfelt desire to touch even more lives. After co-facilitating a group to help people find more purpose and fulfillment in their lives, my business partner Eileen Faye Oliva and I felt divinely inspired to co-create Lights On®, a FREE online educational portal designed to open hearts and illuminate minds. Lights On® has reached 55 countries worldwide and has attracted several thousand fans. Globally, people are finding more peace, balance and success in all areas of their life due to Lights On®.
As we approach the 10th year anniversary of this country’s tragic event as well as my own traumatic experience, I feel as if I have come full circle. There is satisfaction in knowing that I have followed through on that cherished promise I made to myself ten years ago. I can whole-heartedly say that I am successfully doing my part to leave this world a better place.