Ever since I was a teenager I wanted to be a writer. But I didn’t think I had the talent. When I was in college Rod, an older cousin of mine who happened to be a senior editor at Newsweek Magazine, read an article I’d written for one of my classes.

He said it was very good, and I was a talented writer. I wondered if he was just saying that because we were close family. So I let it all go. But I never forgot his words of encouragement. It was obvious he believed in me, though I didn’t believe in myself then.

Many years later I did start writing professionally. One thing led to another, and here I am today doing what I love. This work with Spirit may not have ever happened if it had not been for Rod’s belief in me.

We all need someone, at some point in our lives, who believes in us when we do not believe in ourselves. Rod was that someone for me. Although he’s long gone now, I remain eternally grateful to him for seeing in me what I could not see in myself—and for always supporting me.

Here’s a powerfully touching story of a man who believed in someone and supported him, against all odds.

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