Sometimes in life we learn remarkably important lessons from unlikely sources. Perhaps a passing comment from a taxicab driver that resonates in profound ways. An eye-opening anecdote shared by the stranger in the adjacent airplane seat. Or the spur-of-the-moment comment made by the new neighbor who’s out walking her dog as we’re weeding the garden. Isn’t it wonderful how these surprise moments in our lives have the capacity to teach us true life lessons? And that’s what happened to Jill Pfitzenmayer.
Jill Pfitzenmayer is vice president for the Initiative for Nonprofit Excellence at the Rhode Island Foundation. A licensed psychologist, she also works with adults in private practice.