Today I’m chatting with Dee Worley known in the world of sports as Dee Foster, USA and NCAA national and International Gymnastics champion. Today, Dee is a sought-after global branding, marketing, PR and business consulting expert at Worley Global Enterprises who talks about how a long lost love helped her to awaken to her purpose.
Season 2 – EP 22
From blog “When Love Finds Us (DEE WORLEY Story)
As my husband and producer Matthew Cameron coordinated the shoot with Dee, he asked how the two met. What unfolded was an incredible love story I had to share.
Dee always knew she was a gymnast. She followed her dream and became a national and international champion. She only recognized first place – everything that came below that wasn’t good enough. Her bitterness set in as she realized that winning wasn’t completely in her control, like when she couldn’t compete because her ligaments were severely torn.
Or when her college boyfriend Tim, whom she planned to marry, cheated on her and left.
Using her determination, discipline and talents, she moved on and became a successful PR and marketing consultant. But she was too detached, and she didn’t give herself enough time to process her grief and pain.
“[I got] really interested in things that just don’t matter… climbing the corporate ladder, climbing the social ladder, living in a certain zip code in LA, having a certain view, having this having that… It was about the having, not so much the being…”
She did a ‘Tim search’ every six months for 18 years. And she knows now that it wasn’t really Tim she was looking for.
“I could never find him. The best way I can explain is it was just a spiritual longing… I was searching for Tim but I was really searching for God.”
When they finally re-connected, Tim wanted to know what had happened to the real Dee, not the one who was hiding behind her social status and life that only looked good on the outside. I mention my favorite Les Miserables line: “To love another person is to see the face of God,” and Dee explains:
“Yes. The human that God used in this case was Tim to bring me back to God. Subsequently the other reward was that I was brought back to Tim.”
A beautiful cycle, and a process through which Dee healed and found her lost self.
“I just forgave him from the bottom of my heart, and then I forgave myself for not forgiving him. I had to forgive myself for harboring that bitterness, that anger and that pain for that long… That pain really steered the ship for a long time, and led me to making different choices that I otherwise would not have made had the pain not been there. I couldn’t do it on my own strength. I couldn’t forgive him on my own.”
Reconnected to God, Dee healed from her pain and was also reconnected with the person she was always meant to be – the one who loves to help others, use her gifts to make this world a better place, and live as a true champion in life.
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