“1873 Bucharest, Romania. A pregnant girl-child has been abandoned on the steps of a private residence. She is weak and has tuberculosis in addition to her advanced pregnancy. She is taken in by the residents, and cared for until her delivery. She dies two days later. Her baby is adopted by the neighboring family. At sixteen, her adoptive father dies and her mother takes her to a marriage broker to find a husband. The search is successful and they marry. Their circumstances take them to Nebraska where they join Pioneer Life, working to settle the great American Midwest.” - Mystic Journey
This non-fiction story depicts the life of Godeane’s parents and how their actions shaped her to become who she is today. However, I feel that there’s a bit of Godeane in all of us…
It was a little over 2 years ago when I first met Godeane. She was a Presentation Boot Camp instructor. Needless to say, I was in need of improving my presentation skills and I was very nervous during our first meeting.
Godeane greeted me at the door when I arrived and led me to her office for us to begin our lesson. The office is a separate room in her rented house where she houses all her work documents and reading materials. Sitting across from her in a rocking chair, I felt somewhat at ease. Perhaps it was because she was a gentle old lady who is as old as my grandmother. Godeane struck me as a lovely old lady who is very warm hearted and always eager to listen. Our first meeting consisted of me introducing myself and sharing with her my goals, passion, and direction in life. We finished our conversation with Godeane complimenting me on my wits and my outlook in life. I was also told that she has taken a few of her favorite students and asked to be their godmother, and if it was ok with me she’d love to be my godmother. I said, “yes” immediately!
In the past 2 years I’ve been visiting Godeane, I spent time with her taking lessons and celebrating various happy moments. Our usual classes transformed from speech and presentation to her being my psychologist. I would go to her with various life problems and she would give her advice and share her life experience on how to tackle the issues.
So why did I share my personal story with you lovely MP peeps? After reading the book, it reminded me of all that I have accomplished and all that I still want to accomplish. Looking back at 2014, ManPossible came a long way and I myself have also come a long way. Every step of the journey we got to meet new friends and learn something new. I’ve always said that everyone can and should write a book about his or her life. We all come from difference experiences and background. As we’ve stepped into 2015, many of us have set new goals and recycled old ones. As you do so, we at ManPossible want to remind you that we are here to support you.
Remember, every action has a reaction. So make it count! Let us celebrate! Adventurous grooming ahead!