It was 45 years ago that I resigned my position as cost accounting manager for American Can Company, seeking a more meaningful life.
I left a well-paying job with a “bright” future, uncertain of where I was going, but following my instincts and whatever divine guidance was mysteriously moving through me.
I stepped into Dr. Nasson Hall’s office, Chairman of the Sociology Department at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. I desired to be admitted to the master’s program in sociology and obtain a teaching assistant position, an added benefit that would allow me to earn some money, as diminutive as it would be, to support my family and our new, simplified lifestyle. I had never taken a sociology course.
Dr. Hall loved my audacity and the life-altering approach I had taken. I was soon a student again, five years subsequent to completing my bachelor’s in accounting from Syracuse University.
I was open to anything and little did I realize that I would meet my mentor, Dr. Lakshmi Bharadwaj. Professor Bharadwaj was a profound, brilliant and compassionate Gandhi sociologist who gracefully took me under his wing. A whole new world began to reveal itself and reaffirmed the inner guidance that changed my life.