Shaking in His Boots

To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my all time favorite books and this quote from a conversation between Atticus and Scout has always stuck in my mind.

“First of all,” he said, “if you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view … until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” 

What would happen to our world, our country, our communities, our schools, our neighborhoods and our families if we could all put this advice into practice?

I’ve been pondering this idea and how it relates to my story from yesterday on the day I call my “Liberation Day” – my final day as a corporate employee. I was excited and almost a bit giddy as I saw a clear calendar for me to pursue my passion as an entrepreneur. I saw a huge opportunity. My vision was to replace my corporate income (and more).  I saw a secure future as I knew that if I built my business the right way it would be an income that no one could ever take away from me. My knowledge of the growth in the health and wellness industry and the trend toward home business and entrepreneurship gave me absolute confidence that I was going to be successful. I saw a future of abundance.

My husband on the other hand started shaking in his boots. His view was one of endings rather than beginnings. He saw the end of my big fat corporate salary and in his mind an end to our lifestyle. He saw a future wrought with uncertainty and instability.

This differing perspective caused a painful schism in our relationship that has only really been resolved in the past year. It took us both over five years to fully “climb into each others skin and walk around in it”.

Was I a bit naive when I started this journey regarding how long it would take me? Absolutely!

Has my vision for a successful and abundant future been clouded? At times it gets a bit fuzzy, but it always comes back into focus and right now the future looks brighter than ever.

How’s my hubby doing? His shaking has been steadily slowing down to where he only has a slight quiver now and then. The success and perks I have achieved this past year (new car, trip to Bahamas) went a long way to building his belief level in me and in the opportunity. He’s finally accepted that my vocation in life is to help people through my Shaklee business – to help people get healthy and help people get started in the business. Now I can pursue my passion of bringing others the possibility of an income that no one can take away from them and do it with my husband’s full support. Want to hear more about my vision for the future? I would love to hear from you.

Persistently pursuing possibilities,

Monica

 

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