No, I Saved it for You
(3rd Book in the Series)
“When a ‘seat’ is saved for us, a new door of opportunity opens”
Our lives are enriched by the many seats that have been saved for us—both literally and figuratively. In this final book of the Is This Seat Taken? trilogy, you are invited to experience incredibly vulnerable stories where unmistakable wisdom is revealed through the “seats” in which people have been seated, from an empty bar stool at a high school reunion to the heartwrenching transitions of those we love the most.
We are all part of an integrated, collective adventure. Each of the thousands of people who randomly cross our life paths help to create our unique journey. When we remain present to the seemingly incidental encounters and experiences in our lives, these moments can become opportunities for life-changing lessons.
Whatever seat you find yourself in, it is a precious gift of life. Everyday interactions, sometimes joyous and sometimes heartbreakingly painful, can all provide inspiring lessons if we know where and how to look. So please have a seat, here in the seat saved for you, and be open to what may be revealed to you.
“I was inspired by this book and you will be too.”
—Brian L. Wolff, Executive Vice President, Public Policy and External Affairs at Edison Electric Institute
“A remarkable and thought provoking way to look at life…funny, moving and full of wisdom.”
—Alan D. Cohen, Co-Chair Advisory Board Harvard Principals’ Center, Emeritus
“This book makes me feels as if Kristin is sitting right next to me. Her conversational writing style is inviting. While she makes it appear she is opening her personal life to you directly, she is really opening it to the world. I now have a new appreciation for who I have known and loved in life in addition to what I have learned and experienced. The questions and exercises she provides at the end of the book will help readers reach into their own life and find new perspective.”
—Carol Maxwell, VP Talent Acquisition, Baylor Scott & White Health
“The pages within this book provide a thought-provoking look inside life’s journey. It will make you reflect back on the many ‘seats’ you’ve sat in along the way, and how each has played a significant role in helping you become the person you are today.”
—Matthew Randazzo, President & CEO, The Dallas Foundation
“By sharing the hidden blessings of every day encounters, Kaufman skillfully distills life’s complexities into the most authentic simplicity: life is about attitude, period.”
—Stephen Hipp, Managing Director Goldman Sachs & Co
“I fell in love with Kristin Kaufman’s style of writing with her “Is This Seat Taken” series. Her real-life experiences inspire others to take notice and learn as we all continue on our own life journey. This book is full of adventure…and she never disappoints.
—Jacqueline Qualls, Multimillionaire Self-Made Entrepreneur
“Thoughtful, and thought-provoking, Kristin weaves together a beautiful tapestry of her life’s lessons that inspire powerful reflections for our own lives.”
—Allan B. Calonge, CEBS, Chief HR Strategy & Well -being Officer
“A riveting read. Kaufman’s creative use of the term ‘seat’ as a metaphor for reflecting on the many seats we sit in throughout our lifetime is ingenious.”
—Lieutenant Colonel Allen B. West (US Army, Retired), Member, 112th US Congress, Fellow Rotarian
“The life lessons within this book invite readers on a thought-provoking journey of their life experiences. Kristin’s warm and evocative storytelling style recalls the many ‘seats’ we take along the way and the impact of those encounters on our lives and the lives of those around us.”
—Pat Porter, Founding CEO of NTBCA, a business/arts advocacy company, and Founding Board Member of the King Foundation
“Kaufman’s clever use of the phrase “Is This Seat Taken” in her deeply personal account reveals just how often the unexpected in life can become the enduring if you simply stop, sit and see.”
—Jill Bernstein, Director of Communications and Public Affairs, Dallas Museum of Art.”
“Kristin S. Kaufman has an incredible gift of making you realize the importance being present the in moment and how the ‘seats’ offered you are opportunities that can play a significant role in your life over time.”
—Regina Hopper, President & CEO Miss America Organization, SVP Global Public Policy, GRIDSMART Technologies
“Kristin shows us that although our journey in life may be chaotic at times, each step we take has purpose and meaning for creating the life we’ve always wanted!”
—Silke Schwarzkopf, Founder, Executive Producer & Host, 2nd Act TV
“Kristin S. Kaufman’s ‘Is This Seat Taken? shows us that we can see our life in broader context and see the larger story of our life. She guides us with questions to help us see deeper meaning behind our experiences. and where our personal story taps into a more universal story. A book to savor again and again.”
—Jane Ramsey, Jane Ramsey Meditation, author VISION QUEST
“Combining inspiration and forward thinking, Kristin Kaufman weaves together life lessons through numerous encounters in her new book, ‘Is This Seat Taken, No I Saved It For You’. This book will lead you to reflect on the person you are today and look for the next open “seat”.
—Roz Palasota Internet Marketing Entrepreneur
“In our day to day lives we often see experiences and others as simply “new” to us. In Kristin’s series you find opportunity, life lessons, and heartfelt reflections of what people have to offer. Be ready to be “wow-ed” as you connect with the people in her stories and learn how stories can serve as a wealth of knowledge. Kristin is one of most passionate, caring and loving human beings I know.”
—Marissa E. Falcon, Senior Director of Leader Development, Headquarter RGV