In the 1970’s I lived in a small terraced house in Chelmsford England. I had just started practicing as a hypnotherapist and each day I would drive to nearby towns and see clients in hotel rooms, community centers, Quaker meeting houses and YMCA’s. I did this for 12 years seeing 9 clients a day, 5 days a week.

As I learned to help people I started to change. I became more accepting of others, more compassionate and genuinely wanted to make a difference. All of my clients during this time were unknowingly planting small seeds inside of me, and these continued to grow and blossom in many ways – something I will always be grateful for.

The photo below shows the garden shed I built at the bottom of our garden one year before we moved away. I built it to last many years and from the photo it still seems to be there.

When I built it, I placed a secret letter inside the roof and included my name, date and a message.

The message says ‘My name is Stephen and I built this shed. By the time you read this it should have given you many years of use. I want you to know that I didn’t just build it for myself, I also built it for you, because although we’ll probably never meet, I want you to know that long ago I was thinking about you and wishing you a happy life. So if at any time, you feel a bit down, please remember that a complete stranger cared enough about you to write this letter. With love – Stephen.’


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