Second Chance Success Story
Copyrighted by Lorna Tedder. Originally published in Third Degree of Truth.
Though most people I see who are given second chances somehow manage to blow them in a big way, one of my all-time favorite work friends isnâ€™t one of them. I havenâ€™t seen her in yearsâ€”we no longer work Â together and her life is very different nowâ€”but her story has a happy ending, and it was all about priorities.
Weâ€™d crossed paths many times in the 90â€™s. She had been an employee at a medical firm where I tried to sign on as a patient but couldnâ€™t. I vaguely remember that she and she alone tried to help me Â when I was in extreme physical pain. Everyone else just shrugged or stared.
She had a good life with all the material possessions andÂ Â Â Â Â the Â Â Â Â Â career and Â everything Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â was Â Â Â Â just Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â fine Â Â Â Â until…someone smashed both her and her car. It was a near- miss, one that put her in the hospital and left her with a tangled mass instead of an automobile.
She didnâ€™t die. But that was the moment that she was reborn.
When Â she Â got Â out Â of Â the Â hospital Â and Â the Â other driverâ€™s Â insurance Â company Â had paid her hospital Â bills, settled on her car, and Â paid various other damages, she had a nest egg and a second chance at life. She paid off all her bills, quit her job, bought a home, and started fresh, which was when we met.
She worked for me for a year, and she remains one of the best employees I ever trained, and by far, the most positive-minded colleague Iâ€™ve ever had.
She told me once over lunch that her near-miss had caused her to re-evaluate everything in her life and leave behind all the things that Â werenâ€™t working for her. She chose to live with intention after that.
Promotions. A new husband. Â A new family. A new home. Lots of loving friends.
Quickly excelling in our career field, she was poised to take over the whole organization (well, eventually) Â when she did something Â that most Â of our colleagues Â did not understand. She quit.
She decided Â to stay home Â with their small Â children and be a mommy. The opportunity came up and she took it. It was what she wanted. She didnâ€™t stay where it might have made Â the Â most Â financial Â senseâ€”she Â grabbed Â her priorities by the reins and jumped on for the ride.
She got her happy ending because she took advantage of her second Â chance Â at life, walked Â away from every- thing that had held her back, Â and launched Â herself Â directly at what made her happiest.