Several years ago, I got a vague phone call from a nervous sounding neighbor who invited me to some party to meet some businessperson about something. I couldn’t make the date so I went to the next thing he invited me to, and soon found myself joining a multi-level marketing company. I learned a lot, loved the books and speeches, spent a lot of money, and decided that I was lousy at selling and eventually fizzled out. I decided that I had learned my lesson, but had always wondered because being the spiritual person that I try to be I had felt like God approved of my choice to join. I have had many spiritual experiences with God guiding me to do things and they had always seemed to work out for the best, so now, I wondered why I had felt inspired to join. After a while, the only thing I could figure was that it had been for my own personal growth.
A year or two later my wife joined a different group that sold jewelry and she continues to have modest success with that.
Then a trusted friend of my wife invited her to a party for a skin care product. I rolled my eyes and she said there was no way she was going to start another one of “those things”, but she wanted to support her friend. She went and was the only one who went. She came home and told me about it and said she was not going to join but she was glad that she had supported her friend.
But then an interesting thing began to happen. She began to feel something inside of her telling her she was supposed to do it. It wasn’t a desire for money and she definitely didn’t have any extra “free time” (she is currently working three jobs). But it became clearer and clearer over the next week that God wanted her to do this. There were lots of tears and even some anger but eventually she decided to try Nerium and see what it did.
After a few days, we were impressed that it was actually improving her skin (she has always hated her skin). So we started looking into the company’s structure and were pleased to see that many of the things we hadn’t liked in previous companies had been remedied at this one. Also, Sharee really liked the people she would be working with at the company. They were genuine and she knew their stories. But the big motivator was that she felt deep down that it was what she was supposed to do.The next few days were difficult as we anticipated disapproval from family and friends. No one would understand why we would start something like this when we were already so overwhelmed and tired. But that is exactly why we would start something like this.
Once I realized that Sharee was serious and could tell that she was determined (there is no stopping her at that point) I decided to try the skin cream—and even shaved my beard to do it). I also decided that I could write about our experiences in this new adventure—a quest for balance, freedom, and time.
Yes, some people may think we are weird because we do what appears to be irrational (and we even dare say that God told us to), but so far we have been amazed by the love and support we have felt from everyone. Life is tough, raising a family is not easy, starting a business is a lot of work. But would we change it? Should we just give up on our dreams and resign ourselves to sitting in front of the TV every night to try to dull the pain? It sounds tempting, but life is about change—and ours is about to.
More to come…