This morning I'm wide awake and thinking about enrichment.
I'm thinking of the various ways my life has been enriched these past few weeks with the people that I've met through my business. Hopefully, I've been able to reciprocate the enrichment - I know I have - I have gotten feedback and expressions of thankfulness - but I can be certain about the things and experiences that I have. One such series of enrichmens began about a month ago.
Back a few weeks ago, I traveled to south Georgia with a consultant in our unit. For clarity purposes, I shall refer to her as my consultant. I don't own her, but she is a personal recruit of mine and a very dear friend. She had been planting seeds for her business for a while and really was looking to grow both personally and professionally. She's been developing consistency and professionalism and she is making money and having loads of fun. She teaches first grade here locally and has several challenging behavior kids in her class. She uses this business to fuel her fire for something positive with which she can earn additional money for her two teenage kids. She was able to meet someone on her FL vacation during summer who worked at a school in south Ga. She developed that lead (even as it was 5+ hours away from her) and was able to turn it into a "Relax At Work" program for the entire teaching staff of the elementary school where the lead worked. Since she had not ever experienced an event like this, she asked if I would go with her to help her conduct the event since she knew that I had done several already.
As it worked out, she was able to plan it on her break for fall planning. We drove down the night before, set up early the next morning and then spent the entire day sharing spa, relaxation, and pampering to people who spend the day changing the lives of children - teachers. The principal treated us to lunch with his staff and we were so blessed to have been a part of that entire day just personally. To witness the commitment, the passion, and the determination to provide the very best educational experience for the 1100 kids that they deal with everyday was nothing short of awe inspiring. Add to that - how our business grew that day and it made the day nothing short of a miracle win-win situation.
One drop here....one drop there....and the next thing you know, you're filling a bucket that has a lot of new friends and colleagues and you're meeting people who enrich your life and who are waiting/open for you to enrich theirs.
That day - my consultant and I had the pleasure of adding about 70 new clients to our client service list. We've been receiving notes, phone calls, emails and expressions of adoration (yes) for the experience and the spa treatments that they rewarded themselves with that day (and some since). They tell us about how they are using the techniques that we taught them and how they are doing them with their families and how those same techniques are changing the way they are living. That means something to me.
We had the agreement of the administration that we could offer products for sale as well as the opportunity for additional income to the participants. His words to us were, "If you can help them be more happy while helping me to retain the best. I'll take all the help I can get." So when we presented the experience to them, my consultant and I presented it with the intention of growing BeautiControl in this area. We spoke of clear intentions to have at least 25 consultants in this area by the end of the year and we were looking for women to help us accomplish those goals and to help us network to find other women to help us accomplish those goals. In addition to the new clients that we added during that event, there were 8 teachers who joined BeautiControl that day as consultants.
Since that time - I continue to marvel at how our lives - all the lives - have been enriched. And it just keeps growing. Getting to know these women, these professionals who each have their own lives and situations and perhaps some demons....has been rewarding to me (and to my consultant who recruited some of the 8 that day.)
One woman is vivacious and happy go lucky but she is dealing with infertility and is maneuvering the process of egg donation. She needs funds to support that dream and something positive to keep her in check. I've witnessed a blooming of her even further than when I met her just 4 weeks ago. She is a powerhouse of creative ideas and has been such an inspiration to me. I get excited just seeing her name on the caller ID, knowing that when she calls, she is going to have something funny to share with me. She'll have a question (or 4) that she always has on a list and her type of questions indicate that she is not only thinking about the business but participating - otherwise, these questions wouldn't be coming up. She was so excited about her welcome kit that she took it to her best friend's house and left it overnight. When she went to retrieve it the next day, her friend had spad herself overnight and wanted the welcome kit for her own use. So the new consultant recruited her friend overnight just by sharing her welcome kit. The friend owns a daycare center and is already sharing BeautiControl with the families of her kids. See how the ripple works? See how other's lives are continually being enriched?
Another woman is nearing retirement. She's a deeply religious person - perhaps a bit too conservative for me but I have learned to appreciate what she struggles with. I've been enriched. She wants better things for her grown daughters and for her daughter in law. She loves her grandchild and wants more time with him. She's deeply devoted to her church and the people in her Sunday School class and has a mission now (she says) to share spa and relaxation with all of them "so they can remember the reason to the season and not get caught in the hustle and bustle of the vortex of the next 8 weeks." She prefers email communication and a few phone calls here and there for support but she is working her business already and working it well. When she calls, she's always excited about the enrichment expereinces and wants to share them with me. I so value that.
Another woman is finding her self. She has three kids and her husband's job keeps him very occupied this time of year. My suspicion is that deep within her soul - there is a true gem fighting to get out and be validated and valued. Perhaps belonging to something like our group will provide her an opportunity to discover the power within and have something for her self in addition to being a wife and mother of three kids? BeautiControl won't make her what she is....but it is my hope and prayer for her that BeautiControl will help to peel back the layers that are hiding her true value. My wish for her is that she will discover what makes her so special, that she will come to value that part of herself and perhaps that this discovery will bring her a peace. She has tremendous value - It has been there forever - just waiting to get out. Watching that process bloom and unfold is the best enrichment I can witness.
Some others are just waiting....and watching....to see what the others will do and if it will work. I've learned that some people are destined to sit on the sidelines of life and watch others play. I used to think that was such a sad waste but now I just accept it as part of the process and circle of life and reconcile it to the fact that everything is a choice. I choose to play and not watch. Other's may be better suited to watch. And I'm happy to say that I don't take ownership of their choice. I focus on what choices I can make and how I can teach my children to make their own choices. I want to play in the game of life and reap the rewards of how it feels to be out of breath with the victory. I'll chair the committee to tell you that I'm not much for the defeat part....but I've learned to get up, get moving and keep going because nothing is the end of the world and tomorrow is always another day. I've learned to begin another round in that game of life. I'm not content to just sit by and watch while others play that game. I'm not a passive personality. The thing is...when you're always watching...you're always wishing....and sometimes (more often than not) your wishing gets you nothing but empty feelings of regret and coulda-shoulda type memories.
And there's no enrichment to that.
What enrichment process will you support today?