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In 1980 Patricia Heaton from “Everybody Loves Raymond” moved to Manhattan. For the next seven years she scrambled to make ends meet working as a copy clerk, a shoe model and also auditioned for very small parts.
At this time most of her friends were married, had children, homes of their own and “real” jobs.
Patricia was only twelve years old when her mother died. One day while feeling alone and discouraged about her career she remembered something her mother taught her: “When times get tough and you’re feeling sorry for yourself, do something good for someone less fortunate.”
Taking action helps the other person. It takes your mind off your own troubles and helps you appreciate your own blessings.
Taking her mothers advice she applied to the “Big Sister Program.” The woman at the agency told her they had a girl interested in acting but, because she was older, she was difficult to place in a home.
Patricia’s new 16 year old sister, Carmen came from Spanish Harlem.
They immediately became friends but because Patricia was so horribly broke they spent their time together, chatting, doing homework, hair and nails.
They were two lost people in New York who found each other.
A few years after meeting Carmen, Patricia decided to get serious about acting and moved to the West Coast. She said good-bye to New York and Carmen. They were both very sad about parting ways and promised each other they would stay in touch.
In 1995, the first season of “Everyone Loves Raymond,” Ray was living in Los Angeles, California while his wife was in Queens, New York. She was in need of a nanny. Patricia referred Ray to little sister Carmen.
Everyone Loves Ramon was a big success and one year later Ray moved his family and Carmen, their nanny to Los Angeles.
Patricia and Carmen were together again! Eventually Carmen out grew her nanny job and worked her way into a position as the production assistant.
We never know the impact our actions will have on another’s life.
Who made an impact on your life?
Who have you mentored or made an impact on?
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