The driving force of my life has been my dreams. They weren’t always, “logical” however, they were always reflective of who I was at the time. After decades of working with others I have seen that the freedom of claiming that leadership of our lives, or if called, our companies, supports the authenticity, integrity, and honesty to become the best of who we are meant to be.
As an illegitimate child of a Irish Catholic woman, I was abandoned at the hospital and sent to an orphanage. At the age of 3, I was adopted by a police officer and a physically abusive alcoholic who married my birth mother. I grew up in the housing projects of South Boston. Because my grandmother never wanted to see an illegitimate child in a good Catholic home, for the next three years I was left outside in a playpen for 16 hours a day, year-round, even through New England’s bitter winters. Before she woke up until she went to bed. When I was 6 she was placed in a nursing home.
Even under these circumstances, with no role models to show me the way, somehow I knew from the core of my being that I could do and be anything I wanted, and dreams were the way I would get there.
I created a series of dreams. I graduated high school, became a Catholic nun, attended college, and pursued a career in social work. I decided I wanted to see more of the world, and I traded my nun’s habit for an airline stewardess uniform, and traveled over a million miles across the globe.
Later I became a wife, mother of 2, divorcee, and single parent. I went back to school for a PhD, became a licensed therapist and ordained minister, and founded a nationally-recognized energy medicine school. When I dropped my youngest child at college, I pursued yet another dream. I moved to the beautiful Caribbean island of Anguilla.
Even as you are living your dreams, new dreams come. After ten glorious years in Anguilla, I felt a calling to return home when I was offered the chance to oversee energy medicine research across the country. I moved back to Connecticut in 2006.
In addition, I wanted to reach and help even more people by taking my story and message to a wider audience. Now, as an author, international speaker, mentor, and consultant, I am sharing my message with the world that we dream for a reason and that our dreams are meant to come true. Anything is possible id we take leadership of our lives rather than passively letting it unfold.
We can change the world is the phrase that Dr. Dorothy uses in the closing of this video. It provides her inspiring message of faith and humor for each of those who watch this 40 minute video of how she came to believe that anything is possible, even changing the world.
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