Have you ever stopped to pray and genuinely asked God, what your purpose is? I do this everyday and it seems that everyday God tells me to be patient because my day is coming. For me, this is a daunting task. I’m ADD and extremely impatient. I like to be achieving and progressing towards a purpose. I’ve struggled to find my purpose and today I realized that God is dealing with millions of people, not just me.
This is my sunflower picking phase.
My dad was 29 years old when he became a sales manager at car dealership. Not too short after that, the dealership closed its doors because of the war. In a matter of a week my dad was unemployed and he was expecting his first child, me. My dad was at a loss because he went from being in control and finding his place in this world to lying flat on his back with no clue what he was supposed to do. So, he started working for a local rancher doctoring calves. Unfortunately, working only a few days a week was not enough, so my dad had to ask if he had anything else for him to do. The old man told my dad with hesitation that he needed help clearing the stock cattle pens because the sunflowers had grown so tall, it was prohibiting the trucks from getting in to take the cattle. My dad told me that the sunflowers were so tall that they extended far over his head, but day after day he removed sunflowers in the blistering sun. He recalls that one day he was picking sunflowers when an old customer drove by and honked in a truck that my dad had sold him. Anyone in this position would feel inferior or become angry at the circumstances, but he did the complete opposite…He worked, endlessly and put aside his pride. He never got angry with God or the situation he had put him in, he just keep waiting for his moment.
One day, on a whim, my dad called a local horse trailer company and asked if they had any positions in sales and guaranteed the man that if he had the opportunity he would be their best salesman or he would die trying. The man called back that day and asked if my dad could come in for an interview. My dad hurried home and took off his dirty clothes from working the ranch and changed into clothes that were fit for an interview. That day, my mom took my dad to the interview in the only car they owned at the time and my dad walked out employed. After success there, my dad ended up leaving the company and opening up his own dealership. Four years later, at a business conference for trailer dealers, my dad realized they could not keep up with his sales and the market was not evolving. He wanted to be the change. On a payphone in an airport, he called my mom and told her he was starting Bloomer Trailers
….and the rest is history.
The moral of the story is that we all go through our sunflower picking phase in life and although it is discouraging, the low points are the defining moments in many champions’ lives. We often do not know what our purpose is, but if we want it bad enough, we will do whatever it takes to succeed.
Right now, I’m picking sunflowers. I know that I love what I do, I love making people happy and I want to be a good role model to younger girls. Just like the sunflowers, we can often get in over our head in life. Instead of picking sunflowers, I’m writing. I have started writing my own book and I hope to get it published. It is about how to be a good girl when society is telling you that being bad is what sells. I’ve realized that I’ll do whatever it takes to fulfill my purpose.
Sometimes we have to start over and sometimes life knocks us back to the bottom of the ladder, but we must rise. We have to continue to chase our dreams no matter what happens, let your faith be bigger than your fear. No matter what, never believe you are too talented to learn or too big to work.
Irony: When my dad called Sooner Trailers, he asked the owner if he remembered him, “Randy Bloomer,” the young man that had sold him a vehicle.
Keep working, you never know when your bosses might become your competition. In the end, God will lead us in the right direction; it’s up to us to decide what we are going to do with his calling.
Work everyday like it is your next big break. I’m cheering for you,
P.S. Thanks daddy for picking sunflowers and embodying the true American success story.