About Me - What you might relate to...

One important part of helping others is having been where they are - or where they are headed. This list is here for that reason.
I focus here on the tough experiences - there have been plenty of good times too - but people don't generally seek help when life is easy.
(for professional information, go to my professional site, www.simplyasking.com, or get a copy of my resume from the link at the bottom of this page)
  • I know what it is to have to leave the country to live in 'the big city'... there have been a few of the big ones like Miami, Paris, and Caracas.
  • I know the feeling that a law suit brings - my family lost our farm through one.
  • I know how it feels to be on the witness stand - I have had to testify more than once, in defense of myself and others.
  • I know what it is like to have hopes curtailed by injury - mainly football. I still love to watch but that is about all I dare do.
  • know what it means to fly high and then crash; to dine with ambassadors and then be where all I could afford was the fast food value menu.
  • I have known the pro's and con's of crossing cultures - travel, study, work, and live ... in Europe, Africa, Asia and North and South America.
  • I have struggled to learn and work in new languages: French, and Spanish mainly. I learned some Greek. I want to learn German and some Mandarin.
  • I faced the challenges of non-profit work: humanitarian work in West Africa, house parenting single pregnant girls  and inner city pastoring in Miami.
  • I have faced the embarrassment of false accusations, but also the realization of mistakes I did make that no one noticed.
  • I have been asked to compromise my integrity at risk of my job - pay a price for it - then to be vindicated but yet move on.
  • I know what it means to have someone I love deeply turn against me, reject me, and refuse to reconcile with me.
  • I have laid awake at night because of an employee who is undermining me behind my back to the manager over me.
  • I have been terminated - I have felt the complete shock of an unforeseen layoff - and had the rug pulled out from under me professionally.
  • I know how it feels to be in a situation where I had to depend on the kindness and generosity of others.
  • I know what it means to not know at the beginning of the month where the money would come from for rent, etc by the end of the month.
  • I know what it is like to disappoint my spouse and children; and to have them disappoint me... and learn to accept things and people as they come.
  • I know what it means to have people deeply hurt me (and worse - hurt those I love) bringing deep darkness; to wait for the light ... and to forgive.
Gary Schmidt,
Apr 13, 2015, 12:20 PM
Gary Schmidt,
Apr 13, 2015, 12:22 PM