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Your Dog Ate My Piece of Lettuce!

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Lettuce

Like most every day.. for several years… it was a lovely quiet peaceful early morning couple mile walk along the sea and James already had his quick swim at our half way turning around to go back point. Walking back, along the sea edge in the sand… out of nowhere… a woman came running toward us from behind yelling señor wait…stop… We have seen her many times in passing from a distance while on morning walks or sitting at her ‘claimed’ beach stone circle.. the one that protects you from winds here for more enjoyable beach day and picnics.

Stone circle on the beach

After several minutes frantic game of charades hand gestures, finger drawings in the sand.. cobbled super fast Spanish to English – English to Spanish translations back and forth… all the while with a most panicked look on the woman’s face… James finally attempted to share what he thought she was saying to us…. ‘Your Dog Ate My Piece of Lettuce!’…and ‘There Are Little Paw Prints Where I Left It Sitting When I Went For My Walk.. Now It´s Gone!’

James and I are now staring at each other totally dumbfounded trying to let that register and process… for quite a few reasons…

1. That morning the tides were way down. We walked along the beautiful blue sea edge hopping and skipping across the black lava rocks that are exposed when the tides are way down as one of our way of maintaining regular agility and balance workouts while out for our walks. The stone circles are nowhere near the sea edge… They are up at the top of the sand embankment that you would have to cross over all the black lava rocks, go up the sand embankment and back a bit into the sand dune to be anywhere near ‘her’ beach stone circle.

2.. Claire was right by our side the entire time hopping and skipping across the rocks with us… and leading the way making sure we were following her most of the way.

3… Anyone who knows ‘Claire: The International Business Dog’… knows she would never consider touching a piece of lettuce even with the best doggie treat or beef on it.. Now if the woman said vanilla bean ice cream or mango sorbet, Emmental cheese or piece of salami in tiny bits, even teeny tiny cut up bits of apple, pear or peach absolutely possible.. Bit of avocado if her favourite Monika gave it to her would even be possibility. Large Piece of Lettuce, to stand and munch through until gone or carry it away to eat… at 10 years old, missing teeth and super finicky about her food… thinking… 99% no way..

Claire the International Business Dog

James was doing all the listening, game of hand gesture charades and conversing while I watched with zero comprehension what it was all about… The most concerning things for me were how far this woman had run down the beach to catch up with us from where her stone circle was.. had to be nearly quarter mile… Over a single piece of lettuce?? Why?? Her panic demeanour over it all… was even more concerning to watch without any idea what she was trying to say to James..

Now thinking… Oh My Goodness!.. Our dog is being called a ‘lettuce thief’ and blamed for something impossible to even have happened.. and this poor woman looks and is behaving as though she is panicked hungry..

Apparently James first thought he shared with her while apologising for her ‘piece of lettuce loss’ was perhaps it was one of the seagulls?? They are always hanging out on the lookout for food with all the people who picnic at the beach.. The woman also agreed thinking about it.. that was probably most likely what happened.. James and I both continued to apologies for her lettuce loss and she very sadly walked away back toward her stone circle.

As we made our way back to our car along the sea over the mile and bit walk James and I were both very shaken from that encounter, both for the same reasons.. Why would someone chase anyone down running after them that far, over ‘a piece of lettuce’.. if they were not in hunger panic?… Her desperation and look while trying to explain to James what had happen was very disturbing for both of us…

We immediately decided, even though we had not had anything to eat yet and were getting hungry, we must go straight to the local supermarket to buy a few things to take straight back to her..

Shopping list… Lettuce, Loaf of Fresh Sliced Bread, Cheese, Container of Hummus, Butter, Salami, Bananas, Large Bottle of Water… That should keep this poor hungry woman going for several days and help make up for any loss or upset over her missing piece of lettuce..

Picnic food

Back we go and find the woman at her regular stone circle with umbrella over it… There she is.. sitting out in the sun. There are also three very well dressed passers by that seem to know her, standing chatting with her. We wait a bit.. they are not leaving… we wait a bit longer… still standing chatting…

James finally walks up to her with large grocery bag of food and pulls the 3 small heads of lettuce in a package out and says.. “A gift to you from the seagulls”… then he pulls out the fresh bread.. cheese, water…

She absolutely refuses all of it… and starts laughing… no… please no… it´s ok… no… I do not need this… Thank you though for doing this..

At this point… James now tries to give the bag of groceries to the three passers by asking if they would like to have a picnic at the beach with it? Everyone is now laughing… James asks the woman one more time if she will take the bag of food to enjoy it.. and she again says please.. no thank you… I’m ok really…

On our drive home… we were still asking ourselves what that was ‘really’ all about?? Why would someone run chasing us so far down the beach as she did.. blaming Claire… while looking so panicked over a missing ‘piece of lettuce’?

· Perspective · Paradigms · Assumptions ·

She and we had both made wrong conclusions based on our perspectives, paradigms & assumptions, which were completely incorrect about each other..

Had she not chased us down to tell us her ‘assumption’ about Claire: The International Business Dog and us for allowing her to steal her piece of lettuce.. we never would have known her negative and incorrect thinking and feelings that she would have carried about us every time we saw her again in passing while out for our morning walks.. She most likely would also have told others how angry she was at that ‘naughty little dog’ and ‘those people’.

We also made incorrect ‘assumptions’ about her… wondering if she might have become homeless and was now desperate hungry with her little piece of lettuce that disappeared..

No matter the incorrect ‘assumptions’.. we only knew we had to be sure to help her right then …and to be certain if any negative feelings or questions were being harboured by her still.. we had to set that straight even knowing it was impossible what Claire was being accused of doing… knowing we will see her many times again in passing while out for our morning walks… and to be sure there were only positive feeling seeing each other again.

We have seen this woman several mornings since… We still do not know her name, though she is happy smiling waving hello (she never did that before).. Claire also runs up to her and runs around her saying hello when she sees her as we are passing each other and the woman now stops for couple seconds, has big smiles and pets Claire (neither did that before)..

Still no idea what that was ‘really’ all about running chasing us quarter mile down the beach over ‘a piece of missing lettuce’.. though the outcome has been most positive possible.. and will no doubt be even better going forward into the future.

There are times.. you just do the right thing for the right reason and just keep going.. The future will reveal what it was all about one day.. and if not.. you still did the right thing for the right reason.. shifting a few paradigms along the way.

…And most importantly… ALWAYS leaving others better for having met you… whatever the random ‘Your Dog Ate My Piece of Lettuce’ situation that brought you together…

Persistence, Patience & Belief…and Enjoy the Journey

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Every book, seminar and course on human potential or self-development tell you over and over the importance of having a goal to work towards. More importantly it must be the right goal. The right goal of course is one that YOU choose, not someone else and it is something YOU want to be, do or have. Something YOU can put your heart & soul into and have that burning desire to create and become reality.

Persistence, Patience & Belief in pursuing your goal are without question three of the most critical factors in achieving it. It is very important to remember that no one can tell you what the gestation period might be between the conception of the idea and the realisation of your goal.  Just know, if you stay true to yourself, your goals and your purpose, they will happen.

Thinking about some really big goals & dreams achieved, recently James and I visited the bell tower of Pisa-Italy that started construction in 1173 with completion in 1399.  That is 226 YEARS from start to completion, with nothing more than an idea, drawing plans, sheer determination and the will to do it.  Thinking about it even deeper.. that took several generations to complete and carried on someones idea who was no longer around.  A bit simpler sounding “idea”, the zipper, started as an idea in 1883.  Buttons were used to close a man’s trousers and to close a woman’s dress until 1913. What we see and use today and may seem like an easier achievement, still took 30 YEARS from idea to becoming a useful reality.

Always remember…Reaching your goal is important, though what is far more important is the personal growth you experience while pursuing your goal.   Have faith, believe in yourself, because everything you need is available to you and develop those all-important qualities of Persistence, Patience & Belief  which are essential in the realisation of your big, beautiful and most amazing goals & dreams.  One last important thing to remember is to always enjoy the journey along the way.

To YOUR Success..

Personal · Professional · Business

Lorrie A. MacGilvray, Co-Founder & Chairman – ReModel International

Living to Live

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61 and 65 years…  Age Goal…125 years

What is Your Age Goal and what are you doing today to get there? You have goals to buy a new car or house or computer or fancy new mobile phone.  You also set weight loss goals, as well as money and income goals… Why are we not starting with the most important goal and questions…How long do you want to live? And..What do you want to do productively with your life until then?

This year I turn sixty-two, James is sixty-five and we have only just begun.  What about you?…

We have done so many amazing as well as hugely challenging things over our lives up to now and we are only half way there. We continually ask ourselves, “What do we really really want?” The answer is always.. ”Every day, create better and grow, while helping others do the same”.

Most people are on a self-imposed paradigm meter of “living to die”. Imagine a parking meter ticking down… I´m born. I work for a period of time. I save money. I retire. I do a little bit of travel. I play with the grandchildren. I die.

Our life journey is about “living to live”, happy, healthy, productive, contributing, self-sustainable. Living Life From the Whole. That looks like a line that continually goes up until bloop..done.  That means continually doing better and better by the day, every day and only measuring against yourself.

It also means your mindset must start with the end in mind while being present in today living every day to the full and ReModelling Your multitude of autopilot Habits.  Meaning..if your age goal is 120 years you must start there asking yourself “How do I see myself at 120 years?”. “What am I doing?”, “Where am I living?”, “Who am I with?” Also asking yourself the same question and envisioning it for every 10 years going backward to today.

The goals you set for yourself must be so big they scare and excite you at the same time and you can’t wait to get out of bed every day to get started on the next steps toward them.

We just had sixty most amazing years and can´t wait for the next sixty!  How about you?…

To Your Success.

Personal · Professional · Business

Lorrie A. MacGilvray

A Holiday, A Retreat, An Experience, A New View on Life

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You can imagine a holiday on a sun-drenched island.  You can imagine a retreat to get away from ‘it all’ and look inside yourself for a while.  Now add experiences that open your mind.  Then add the ‘secret’ to changing your mind.  Start a process for bettering your life that you take away with you.

Exclusive Retreat on Island of Fuerteventura, Canary Islands – SPAIN:

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40 Days and 40 Nights

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James shares his insights about 40 days and 40 nights sabbatical…

Are you feeling stuck in your life uncertain where to from here? Do you feel like you need time to think, in the expectation of finding a new direction for yourself? Is there a bit of dissatisfaction going on in your life (personal, professional or business)?

Lorrie also shares a few ways to get to the bottom of the dissatisfaction

Wishing you a SPECTACULAR week ahead and look forward to hearing from you.
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Lorrie A. MacGilvray & James La Trobe-Bateman

…and Claire. International Business Dog

You live and learn. What are your biggest lessons learned?

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James & I share how the lessons we have learned over the past 20 years are not about technical expertise, business models, data analysis, how to sell or anything obviously related to business.

Today we’ll share with you what lead me to leave a very good corporate job for an unknown partner, an unknown country and an unknown business future… Intellectual James’ biggest lesson helped him to now understand what you need for success in life beyond expertise.

Claire. International Business Dog says “Hello” in this video as well.

Wishing you a SPECTACULAR week ahead and look forward to hearing from you.

Lorrie A. MacGilvray & James La Trobe-Bateman

…and Claire. International Business Dog

Hello from Canary Islands-Spain!

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It’s not all sunshine and sand here.. James; Claire, The International Business Dog; and I are very busy working as well. We are celebrating an Amazing milestone of 20 years in business… Time absolutely does fly when you love what you do and are having fun while doing it…

Always listening and working to create even greater value for you… In today´s video James and I share with you “Achieving Really Big Goals. Then What?”

We hope 2017 is lining up to be an AMAZING year for you and would love to hear about it!

Wishing you a SPECTACULAR week ahead and look forward to hearing from you.

Lorrie A. MacGilvray & James La Trobe-Bateman

…and Claire. International Business Dog