By Luis Camacho
CHANGE — to make the form, nature, content, future course, etc., of (something) different from what it is or from what it would be if left alone.
The only thing that is constant is change! That’s what was told to me a while back by a person I hold near and dear. That person, unbeknownst to them (and to me for that matter), would be part of my change and help in resetting the life course I was on previously.
I was at a crossroads and at a place in my life where most people don’t ever think they’d be. Life was supposed to unfold in a different way…or so I thought. Life was not supposed to get away from me and spin uncontrollably like a toy top on cracked concrete. I was going places, doing “things”, meeting people. Little did I know, all that was going to change, but change it did! Looking back in hindsight, I know it all happened the way it was supposed to, but if you were to tell me that then, I would have not believed you. That being said, I resisted change back then. Then came a point where I was so tired of fighting myself and others that I surrendered to change. It was the best thing that I’ve ever done. I realized that change was better than spinning my wheels in the same place. Soon after, people started coming into my life to further my change and that’s where the story gets really good.
One woman in particular comes to mind. A business owner with a sarcastic wit and a heart big enough for the both of us…a “tough as nails” chick with a soft-side reserved for those she cared for. I was to become one of those lucky few. She extended her hand to me and offered me a change. I’m just grateful that I was smart enough to accept it. In the beginning, I would come to her place of business, 2 days a week and stuff envelopes. Soon after, I found myself working full time for her. She offered more change when she shifted my position in her company. I was now in charge of events and responsible for all mass mailings that went through the company. I learned to suit up and show up no matter what was going on in my life…a definite change of attitude for me, trust me! I’ve seen her business grow from a quaint apartment in a townhouse, to a stand-alone guest cottage, to our more spacious corporate offices in Culver City. I’ve also been here to watch her staff, her business and her daughter grow as well. There have been the usual ups and downs, but all the while it has always been an adventure. I think the most important thing for me is the friendship that was formed and never broken through all these years. That to me has been the most treasured change.
Sue Procko is the woman I speak of and SPPR, Inc. is the place that facilitated my change. I will forever be grateful. I now know that not only is change constant; I now know that change is GOOD!!!