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By Wendy Gladney Dean
Published July 24, 2014


One of the things I enjoy is keeping in touch with people.  In today’s fast paced society filled with lists and agendas, I am just as guilty as the next person in dragging my feet.  When I was a little girl my grandmother taught me the art of sending personalized notes whether they are for someone’s birthday, anniversary or a kind note of thanks. I have also tried to teach my children to pick up a phone make a call and not rely on just a text as a form of communication.   I understand that pushing a few buttons here and there is easier and faster, but showing someone they matter enough to go the extra step touches the heart. 




Recently, I reached out to a friend by the name of Solombra Ingram, who runs a woman’s conference called, “I’m Every Woman.”  I really wanted to attend, but when I looked at the dates I was only available the first night due to a prior commitment.  When I called her, I was going to extend well wishes and send her a donation to show support.  As we talked she informed me that she was actually still looking for a speaker for opening night and she asked if I was interested.     What started out as an opportunity for me to support her work, turned into a blessing in disguise for both of us.  This very act reminded me of the quote by Tracy Chapman, “I’ve seen and met angels wearing the disguise of ordinary people living ordinary lives.”




Going the extra mile, touching the lives of other people has a way of boomeranging and touching the giver as much as the receiver.  When I asked Solombra what she had chosen as the theme she replied, “The Great Commission: Get Up & Go:  Moving Beyond the Mundane and Maximizing Momentum.”  I felt right in step and I graciously accepted.   I feel blessed to stand with wonderful women such as Adai Lamar from 102.3 KJLH Radio, Dr. Holly Carter from Releve Entertainment, Lady Myesha Chaney, Pastor Rekesha Pittman, and Actress Kym Whitley.  All of these women represent different stratospheres of life and will have something to give.




What I know for sure is when we make the decision to get up and move beyond the mundane, momentum will come and we can maximize all that life has to offer.  Have you ever thought the very person that could possibly help you is just a phone call or note away? 




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Visit and  Wendy is a coach, consultant and speaker. You may email her at Wendy is featured on Radio Free 102.3 KJLH on Front Page with Dominique DiPrima Thursday Mornings @ 5:00am. 


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