Stephanie Peterson was the supervisor on a direct sales team at a nationwide company. She had the ability to get the best from her staff and encourage them to become high achievers, as indeed she was. At work she was confident and dynamic, had the respect of her staff and was well liked by her superiors.
However, in her private life she was far from confident or dynamic. She considered herself dull and boring. She had little experience with dating, so, when she met John Groves, a strikingly good looking man, how would she react? John appreciated her business skills, but would he appreciate her for herself?
Stephanie cared about people, she was the kind of person everyone needs in their life. Always prepared to go the extra mile, nothing was too much trouble for her.
So, when she experienced trauma and heartbreak, all her friends rallied round her. They did everything they could to support and help her. But, would it be enough?
About the Foreward:
Having written the story of Stephanie, it was clear that it needed a Foreword as a means of introducing her and her character. It had to be succinct, relevant and, if possible, even profound. However, having done the hard bit, writing 73,000 words…I got stuck! I found this last bit very difficult, and couldn’t figure out why.
Eventually it dawned on me that what I was doing was looking at the character of Stephanie and taking her strengths and weaknesses and applying them to myself. At that point I looked at those people closest to me and realised how much I need them and rely on them.
Once you open up to yourself and identify your own inadequacies it gets a little scary. You wonder what you would do and how you would cope if you had no one special in your life, no one to care for you and no one to make things better.
Stephanie felt lonely, she thought she was alone and she thought she had no one special in her life except her brother who worked overseas. But, when things fell apart for her, she was surprised from where help and support came.
Stephanie was a natural giver, a natural carer and mother figure. She gave her help, support and love to those who needed it unconditionally. So, in her hour of need, how would she cope? Who would come to her aid? The answers are in the following pages. I hope you enjoy discovering Stephanie’s story