I HAVE A DREAM
A few days ago several Facebook posts talked about this being the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s speech with that title. That got me thinking – Martin Luther King’s dream was certainly one that we know about – and one that still isn’t completely fulfilled. But also that I have a dream. I am sure you do too !
Over the years I have had many dreams – some which took convoluted ways to coming true. Sometimes I had to revise the dream in order to look back and say “yes.. that may not be what I really wanted, but it is still good.”
In the same way, today’s dream is a many faceted dream that I believe will be fulfilled in pieces – for it is hard to fulfill a big dream all in one fell swoop. And if it takes me on a convoluted route, I am certainly used to that !
Today’s dream is about my retirement ! I keep on staring retirement in the face, and then know that the time is not quite right. Then I wonder, when will the time be right?
“I will retire when”……
My dream of retirement is when I will still have meaningful work to do. I fear my own laziness in retirement that my TV and Computer would become my best friend, that I do very little and not have a purpose. I dream of perhaps doing some of the same things I do now in my ” real job” but as a consultant. The thought of this, and the thought of my immediate future, to be honest is mixed with fear and anticipation !
There is a part of me that still has a fear of new things, of not knowing the “plan” and not knowing how things are all going to unfold. The other part of me recognizes my skills and abilities and knows that whatever is put in front of me will be fine. Sunday’s sermon at church reminded me that God tells me to ” trust in the Lord and not to lean on my understanding” and also ” Not to worry about anything, but put our requests to God”. I do this.. but then darned if I don’t just take it back and wonder about my future!!
Everytime my life seems at a huge crossroads ( and those times have been many) God reminds me of a promise of a future where I will prosper. The verse that invariably crops up – in the oddest places is Jeremiah 29:11 Now prosper is always not a monetary thing – though one never minds that ! – but a successful life of learning and seeking and leaning on Him.
My dream also includes a successful business with BlackBox Cosmetics. It seems like kind of a fluke that I found this company (if one believes in flukes ), had great results and then decided to ” just do it”. Since the day in October 2012 that I decided to just invest in my business and work hard at it for awhile.. if not a long while, it has slowly grown and from unexpected places. I have learned so so much and had a ball doing it !
BlackBox Cosmetics has a lot of potential for it is like a horse just coming out of the blocks. Not a lot of people know about it, and in Canada, there are very few ISA’s ( independent Sales Consultants ) That means I have to be prepared to be a leader, an innovator, and to believe in myself as much as I believe in BlackBox’s products ! Sometimes it seems slow to start… for the things that make this business so easy to do also make the commissions somewhat sporadic. I have been in many businesses with mandatory autoship requirements to earn a check. That means that everyone in my line will order X amount of dollars monthly and then I am guaranteed a commission. Not so with BlackBox Cosmetics.. No autoship requirements mean that you never know when people are going to order.. and that can be a nice surprise. In other business adventures I have been in, no matter how good the products are, people fall off the autoship program.
In many ways my dual retirement dream makes sense. In both I will be learning new things and stretching myself. In both I will have to believe in myself and ” just do it”
Come along with me on my dream. However that looks to you – whether you wish to join me in what may be the bottom of a wonderful business launch, or whether you want to try the products or whether you want to watch to see me fulfill these dreams. Either way, come along and lets have a lot of fun !
And no matter what, I will not be alone.
“For I know the plans I have for you” declares the Lord, ” plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future”