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Therese Murphy joins Yuiliana on the show today to share her courageous phoenix tale. Therese worked as a former nonprofit development manager and found herself unemployed during COVID. She recounts how this propelled her to get a job as the hostess at a restaurant where she was faced with the duality of human nature and how her experiences taught her valuable lessons that continue to impact her life.
Therese begins by sharing the event that redirected the course of her life - losing her job during COVID. She shares her experience working in nonprofit development and the events that led up to taking up a new job in a restaurant, and talks about how humans can be cruel and kind, as well as the many challenges she faced while working in the restaurant. Therese also shares with us the impacts of the pandemic on human socialization and how she gathered important life lessons from observing customers and coworkers alike. The episode comes to a close as Therese shares the one song that describes her life - Loves Song by Patti Scialfa, a song about having the courage to put yourself out there, just as Therese has done.
- The challenging event that redirected the course of Therese’s life
- Her nonprofit career
- Therese describes working in a restaurant and getting a firsthand view of humanity
- The effect of the pandemic on how humans socialized
- The challenges Therese faced working in the restaurant
- How working in a restaurant allowed her to learn more about her personality
- Dealing with traumas
- Her future in writing
- The one song that describes Therese’s life
“All of us think that we're good customers or good guests in a restaurant. But then once you see people and how demanding they can be and unreasonable at times, how absolutely kind and generous and wonderful they can be at other times, it's hard not to notice that the restaurant kind of brought out the best and the worst in people.”
“It's as if people are having to re-acclimate themselves to living in the greater society after having been kept indoors for two years.”
“I learned that it was kind of fulfilling to help these people make maybe a slightly better living because I could control the flow of the restaurant and keep things moving and calm customers after 20 years of nonprofit.”
“'Loves Glory' by Patti Scialfa... this song is about having the courage to put yourself out there, and that sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't. The song is about accepting that and that the effort alone in doing something, especially in a loving way, is worth it.”