What do you do?
Ray Otero

Where do you work and what is your title?
       I am the owner of Holistic Positive Programming.
What do you do there and/or what are you responsible for?
       With the active participation of the client, I provide creative teaching, intuitive counseling and training in positive thinking by enhancing the client's mental power potential and endorphins' production.
How long have you been doing this kind of work (total)? How long on the Westside?
       In my experiences as a college sociology professor, social worker, public speaker, community organizer and writer over 35 years, I learned about the vast power of our endorphins and internal visualization mental potential for possible diagnosing and self-healing. I just opened my Westside shop in August.
What do you like best about it (other than quitting time)?
       I thrive on having the privilege of just being in a position to help, to try to make a positive difference in someone's life. This gives me a sense of purpose and productivity, while keeping me healthy, enthused and focused. I especially enjoy searching back through my many “silver linings” after what appeared to be just “dark clouds.” This process of recognizing and sharing the wisdom gained, in itself, serves to give meaning to my whole life.
If you could change one thing (other than pay), what would it be?
       Not much, except for more customer parking.
What part of your work did your training/education never prepare you for?
       I wasn't prepared for the door-to-door public relations canvassing, giving out fliers and other business information throughout Old Colorado City. In those awkward moments one feels rejected or ignored, I go back, not to my formal education, but to my childhood and my father's Dale Carnegie concepts of how to successfully deal with the public and it pulls me through.
What makes working on the Westside special?
       I love my neighbors, such as massage therapist Ed Reyes from Nirvana. I especially enjoy the Westside's non-judgmental, quaint, sincerely friendly, creative atmosphere. It is, by far, my favorite part of town.

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