Monday, July 8, 2013
Becka Snowdon was born in a small town. Her parents were normal folks who worked hard and brought up their five girls to be strong independent women. Becka was the youngest and most head strong. She never accepted doing the ordinary and always seemed to want more out of life. When she was fourteen she told her mother that she wanted to run away with the circus. Then at fifteen, she wanted to be an actress. At sixteen she fell in love with a travelling salesman and had her heart broken. At seventeen she ran away from home telling her parents not to worry about her.
When she was twenty she returned home with two children and no husband. She moved back in with her parents and decided that she wanted a house of her own. Her father tried to explain to her that she could not afford it and her mother just turned away and helped her raise the new grandchildren.
Becka spent her first year trying to decide how she was going to make a living and buy the old Duncan's house. It had been abandoned ever since she was a child. Apparently it still belonged to their son who had never came back again after his mother died ten years ago. It was a big dusty old place with broken windows and faded paint. The yard was all grown up in trees, bushes and burdocks and Becka wanted it.
Without telling anyone she found the address of the owner and wrote to him. He answered and said he had almost forgotten about the place, since his attorney paid the taxes without ever discussing it anymore. He would make a trip to town next month and would be willing to meet with her and discuss the possibility of selling it.
Becka told no one. When he arrived, they met at the old place. He was in disbelief at the state of his childhood home. It had once been a magnificent building that his parents had been so proud to own. Unfortunately there had been a disagreement over the estate after his mother died. His uncle claimed he had loaned his brother money years before and wanted the house as a payment towards his loss. Without any proof, the judge dismissed the case. Once his rightful ownership had been settled, he left and vowed to never set foot in the town again. He closed the place up and went on to make a fortune as a real estate developer in Western Canada. Becka could see that he was dealing with what seemed like regrets from the past and the fact that he had left the house fall to such ruin.
He asked what Becka wanted to do with the house and she told him she wanted to renovate it and turn it into a small hotel for travelling tourists and business men.
Two years later, on a sunny morning in June, "The Becka Inn" was opened for business. It was a beautiful building that had been completely renovated inside and out. A new addition had been added to accommodate more visitors and have greater potential for profitability. The gardens were in full bloom and the scent of lilacs filled the air. The townspeople were all invited for the open house celebration. Becka's family was all there and her sister was going to help her run the place. Her new husband was at her side as well. He had returned home to sell an old house and found himself selling everything he owned to fix it up and turn it into an Inn with his new wife.
Life is a journey with many twist and turns and you must never say never!
You are now at a crossroads. This is your opportunity to make the most important decision you will ever make. Forget your past. Who are you now? Who have you decided you really are now? Don't think about who you have been. Who are you now? Who have you decided to become? Make this decision consciously. Make it carefully. Make it powerfully.
Tony Robbins, is a best-selling author and motivational speaker.