It’s been kind of a bittersweet week for those of us at the Center for Financial Resources. Today we bid goodbye to one of our own, Randy Rehling. Randy is retiring to do the things we all want to do, spend time with loved ones, travel, see grandchildren.
I think it’s safe to say that Randy trained all of the counselors currently working in the CFR. I remember very clearly the first time I sat down with him to do a phone appointment with a client. I could tell I was doing something not quite right, but he let me keep going. He never did say what it was that made him bite his tongue that day; I suppose he decided to leave well enough alone. Even now, 10 years later, I still appreciate his input and wise counsel on issues with clients.
My position is a bit different than my co-workers, as I don’t actually work in the office in Sioux Falls. I’m in a satellite location in Yankton, and so didn’t get to see him every day. I don’t think I ever got to taste the salsa everyone raves about, but I did get a few peppers one day when I was up there. I don’t know for sure the name of his grandchild until I hear him say it, and I didn’t get all the jokes my coworkers shared at Randy’s party yesterday. I do know he likes his Hawaiian shirts, and coffee, and M&M’s and most of all, Goofy.
But missing out on that doesn’t diminish the deep respect and gratitude I have for him and his knowledge and how easily he shares that with us. I was always a little surprised and sometimes a bit jealous when he would come in with some tidbit of information that nobody else knew about whatever topic we were discussing. In his 17 years at LSS, he’s helped literally hundreds of people, many in life changing ways.
Randy has been given a challenging part to play in life, and from what I can see, is handling it with grace and kindness and steadfast faith. Both in work and in life, he moves forward, one step after another. Some days the road is rough and it seems like it only gets steeper, other days, we move right along. We get weary and then inspired. We need to be lifted, and then we are lifting others. Randy has done his share, and it’s his turn now to be uplifted.
We wish him Godspeed.
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” Galatians 6:9.
Written by Sylvia Selgestad, Financial Counselor and Educator
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