Suzanne Scurlock answers the question:

What is the nicest thing a non-family member has ever done for you?


Well. Phil, I have to say that I actually have two stories, and they're tied together, because in both cases I was taught how something really incredibly wonderful could arrive that I couldn't ever really repay or that I couldn't have imagined would have happened to me. But they're very related in that way. The first story happened when my children were little — they're now 26 and 31 — so they were probably maybe seven and 12, something like that. It was an incredibly, incredibly deluge of a day. Raining cats and dogs, I'm driving my van with both kids, we get to their gym warehouse where they took gymnastics, and they pile out the door and I'm fast behind them because the little one was not that old yet.

In the meantime, my deposit — because I'm an entrepreneur — my deposit for that week, which included cash, was clipped together, sitting on the dashboard of my car, fell out onto the ground in the rain. I didn't even see it. I just went rushing into the gym. I came back out, got in the car, and I'm looking around for my deposit and I'm thinking, "There is no way that this deposit is actually going to show up again." Literally, it had hundreds of dollars of cash in it, I had 20 checks, the deposit slip, and I just couldn't figure out... I knew I had locked the car; it didn't make any sense to me that it was gone. And then a woman comes running out of the gym waving my deposit slip. I said to her, "What happened?" She goes, “Mrs. Scurlock, Mrs. Scurlock, your deposit slip. A man just brought it in to me. He said that he found it on the ground and he knew you must be absolutely desperate for it." I was blown away.

Number one, every single bit of the cash was still there, it was only slightly damp, because he must've come right behind me as I raced into the gym with the kids, and he returned it all. I asked her what his name was and she said, "Well, he didn't really want me to tell you." I said, "Please, please, please. I need to thank him in some way." So she did get his name and I actually contacted him and thanked him profusely for it. I also then wrote an article for the local paper in their editorial section. I said to them, "I just want anyone who is still wondering about whether good people and honest people still exist in the world today, I just want to make the point that they do." And then I wrote the story about the kindness and the honesty of this man whose name I have now long forgotten.

It really returned for me a sense of yes, there are people for whom helping other people is a normal way of life. Now, I'm one of those people. I mean, if you were to take me and drop somebody's deposit slip in front of me, of course I would return it to them and we would all hope that that would occur. And yet, in reality it often doesn't. People are desperate or for whatever reasons. So that was really a wonderful, incredibly nice thing to have happen.

And then just recently, with the Covid-19 crisis, I have been working to take all of my courses that I teach, all of the things that I do, online, so that as people are quarantined and sheltered in place in their homes, that they could still have access to the skills that I teach in terms of calming and steadying and clarity of thought and all of that.

So I contacted a friend of mine and I basically said, "We want to run a class that got canceled; we want to run it online. Now, there's no money in this class because nobody's paying for it, but we want the information to get out to people because it's really important information. Would you do it for us? And what would you charge if you were going to do it?" He got right back to me and he said, "No, I'll do that for you and I'm not going to charge you at all," which again, I was blown away by that. Because he's really an incredible guy and he really knows his stuff. He went through and filmed every single bit of it and he did it really exquisitely, and wouldn't take any money for it and the information got out there. I guess in his mind he was thinking, The conferences that I usually film aren't happening right now, so let me put my efforts towards something that will make a difference in the world. And it has. It has really made a huge difference in my life. Thank you, Carroll.

That's about it. I think those are two of the most wonderful things, the nicest things that have ever happened to me.

Suzanne Scurlock, CMT, CST-D, bestselling author of Reclaiming Your Body: Healing From Trauma and Awakening to Your Body’s Wisdom and Full Body Presence: Learning to Listen to Your Body’s Wisdom, is one of the world’s leading authorities on conscious awareness and its transformational impact on the healing process.

For more than 30 years, she has empowered people with practical tools that enable them to experience joy in each moment without burning out. These skills help improve every aspect of their lives, from their health and wellbeing to their relationships, their careers, their creativity, and even the growth of their businesses.

After decades of perfecting her methods of awakening the body’s innate wisdom, Suzanne created the comprehensive Healing From the Core® training curriculum in 1994. Today it includes a robust selection of international workshops, webinars, speaking engagements, and audio programs.

One of the original instructors personally mentored by the late Dr. John E. Upledger, Suzanne also continues to teach Craniosacral Therapy and SomatoEmotional Release® for the Upledger Institute on nearly every continent. 

What’s more, she collaborated with the late Emilie Conrad for almost two decades. Together they integrated Emilie’s Continuum Movement® with Suzanne’s first book, Full Body Presence, to teach other practitioners how to accelerate and deepen the healing process.

Suzanne has authored hundreds of articles, and thousands visit her blog at “Presence Matters: Reflections on Body, Mind and Spirit.” She maintains a private practice in Reston, Virginia, where her clients continue to benefit from her innovative techniques.

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This article appears in: 2020 Catalyst, Issue 9: Somatic Movement Summit