Saturday, August 31, 2013
Today I stand smack in the middle of two different realities...
My mother became my financial responsibility earlier this month. This places me in a position to have to return to full time employment in order to cover her expenses. That means, I can no longer to afford to work at The Soap Box for free. My little business pays for itself, but is not yet income producing for me. I have NO DOUBT it would be some day, based on what I've seen it do thus far. This little shop is a MIRACLE in progress, for sure. Unfortunately, time is not a luxury Ray and I have right now.
In explaining to my 'real-job' boss, Tracey and my Landlady, Chris the current state of my situation, EVERYTHING I need to go do what I have to do TODAY has been handed to me...without a moment's hesitation. I have been offered full time hours at my job, by combining two of our clinics' needs. Chris has already found another person to go into my shop, if I decide that's what I want, and offered to let me out of my lease, to return my full deposit and apply my last month's rent to September. She REFUSED to take my check today until Ray and I figure out how we should proceed. Yesterday, two of the women who own businesses in our little strip plaza...women who ONLY know me from being here for the last six months, offered to run my store FOR FREE while I do what I have to do to make this work for my mother.
This is what these four women said...
they love me.
they are so sorry for what has happened.
if there is ANYTHING else they can do to help, just say the word.
They didn't even know me before this!! I have spent so much time in tears since yesterday, I didn't even put on mascara today. And strangely enough, the tears don't even come from the perceived loss I'm facing right now. The tears come from the OUTPOURING of love and support I couldn't have imagined in my wildest dreams...all from people who owe me NOTHING. My family hasn't made these offers...lolol...not even the mother, for whom I am closing my shop. That just strikes me as so very odd.
Anyway...I am getting EXACTLY what I need...in the moment I need it. I have some talking to do with Ray and with Ariel, who is contemplating purchasing the store. But the MIRACLE of what has happened this week is so very OVERWHELMING to me!!! I don't really know how to thank these people, except as they say...'Keep being you, Stephi!. That's how you can thank us.'
I don't even know what to say to that, except...I shall...I promise.
Thank you Tracey! Thank you Chrissy! Thank you Sherry! Thank you Wanda! Thank you Source! And thank you Spark Friends, for your continued love, support and encouragement!