?This I Believe …………
This I Believe……………….. that
everyone has at least one
dream in their lifetime. A dream
that is in the forefront of our
lives as we live it. One to reach
for, look forward to, live with a
passion to attain that dream that
drive us to each level, of what it
takes to get to the goal.
Sometimes the dream changes
or moves us to a different
direction. Sometimes we put it
on hold for a while, but then pick
it up when the timing is right to
continue, such as: raising a
family, or until we can afford the
expense, or until we retire, or
until the children leave the nest,
or until we finish our education
or until your health is good.
Sometimes life hits you with a
rock, and wakes you up from
your dream and brings you back
to reality. The dream is not lost,
it is just on hold. When your are
able, get back to where you left
it, stay focused & believing.
In high school, I dreamed of
being a performer on stage, on
the ice or in the recordings
business. That lasted about 6
years. I guess, I could say that
I reached that dream at the local
level, with many performances &
shows under my belt. While I was in the Navy, I learned early on, that I did not
want to be a deck hand, but
dreamed of maybe getting in the
medical technical field. I applied
for a specialized training school
as a hospital corpsman. I
became that dream, who could
suture an injury, assist in the
operating and delivery room,
dispense medications, perform
patient care on the hospital
wards & did emergency runs
with an ambulance and some
helicopter assignments. These
changes in my life matured me
as a young man and leaving
some childhood dreams behind.
I fell in love and wanted to
marry my high school
sweetheart and share the rest of
my life with her and hopefully
raise a family. She said YES to
my question… we are still living
that dream together 51 years later.
I studied Business
Administration while in college,
but at that time I could not see
what could be gained in that
field, but after I was discharged
from the Navy, with my bride &
son and another baby on the
way, the dream (motivation)
was to find a position to support
my family. I turned to the field I
was trained for in college….
retailing and accounting. After
interviewing, I received an offer
from the JC Penney Company in
their manager training program.
We were gifted with two more
sons added to our family.
I will never forget when I came home one
day, to tell my bride that we
were being transferred to St.
Cloud, MN … as a department
manager for a new large store
opening. After 2 years there, I
received an offer to manage a
small store in Dyersville, IA.
Now with a family of 5, the
dream continues with all the joys
they have given us and their
continuation of our family tree
…….. adding 7 grandchildren to
the family … another dream
The rest of my dreams have all
been here in Oelwein, IA these past
35 years …. new friends, new
experiences, buying our first &
possibly our last house and
transforming it into a home for
our family to always return and
friends to come and enjoy.
Retirment is always a dream
for all of us, some are ready
sooner that others……. I did 11 years ago!
New dreams of traveling and
taking part in community public
organizations and continuing to
try to make a difference for
others. Dreams continue and change,
but they are always there …… all
you have to do is wish, and with
patience & determination, they
come true … not all of them, but
if only one dream comes true, it
is worth the dreaming. I have
been blessed enough to have
more than one come true. Life
is truly good, thanks to our being
able to dream and never let go
of them until you want to.
This I believe..
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