When I was a child growing up in New Zealand my parents always said that “if you are in need then ask a Policeman.” (Not so many Policewomen back then)
Today was one of those spring days in Wellington when it is brutally cold, relentlessly wet and the wind is a gale coming straight off the Antarctic ice shelf. Not much of a day for venturing out. But an appointment this morning saw me head off rugged up.
I knew that I would have some difficulty in the gusty strong wind to hold the car door open as I got in and out of the car. Car parks are notoriously narrow and it is easy to damage another car if the door swings wildly in the wind. I declined an offer of help from a family member saying I would ask a passer-by for help if I needed it.
As I returned to my car I could see that the gap was narrow to the next car and the wind was still buffeting everything in its path. I determined to seek help and who should stride past me but a policeman!!!!
Challenge solved as I asked him for help. He was more than happy to hold the door for me and would have backed the car out of the car park for me had it been necessary. We laughed about “parental advice” to ask a Policeman/Woman and after I thanked him again off he went on his beat.
I went to my monthly Coaches Network Meeting last week and heard Eva-Maria Salikhova present to us about social networking and business. Eva-Maria is a young woman who has already written a book about parenting but from the point of view of a teenager. Stunning stuff considering she was only 17 years old at the time. Also stunning to find she is an international speaker, writing another book, and is a certified coach…..all at the age of 19 years.
I am currently reading her book and am finding it fascinating. Her website is: www.youshutup.co.nz for more information.
Eva-Maria has a wisdom beyond her years and a generosity of spirit and respect for people that is so needed in the world. An extraordinary woman. Go well Eva-Maria!