Without down payments, I would have missed my graduation ceremonies, a hitch-hiking trip around Europe, a Porsche, and a few house deals.
Selling shoes as a teenager meant servicing many pairs of feet before a particularly gorgeous graduation gown could be mine. Suddenly the shop owner was beside me explaining the lay-away plan without even asking my age. It would only take one small down-payment, she explained.
She represented the epitome of a business superwoman. Then she became part saint after my ninth visit to touch the dress. Its silken and glorious whiteness and pearled bodice stayed as magnificent as memory provided.
Packed carefully in a box, I carried the dress home one week before graduation. I rode the bus prepared to apply karate to any obstruction or deterrent.
Over time, the price tags contained more numbers, risks and conditions. Contracts became more complex. Transactions began to incorporate other people. Diligence, follow-through and commitment played a significant role. Nevertheless, enthusiasm overrode fear and down-payments opened doors to otherwise insurmountable achievements in my life.
Today, I wanted to make another down-payment. I decided to make a contribution towards the evolutionary Transformation of our planet – a tad bigger goal than buying a house.
I decided to deal with a situation that did not sit well in my soul. I wrote to a business that has not lived up to the sales pitch that motivated my doing business with them. I explained my point of view with no inflammatory words, just facts from the heart.
I closed by explaining that they will lose my business if they respond condescendingly, with quotes from their policy manuals or philosophies from their mission statements. I invited them to be creative because clients are not longer willing to live without authenticity and service. They may not care, but I know they will remember my email.
I gave them one tiny starfish to put back in the water. I sent them a hummingbird that is capable of putting a drop of water on a fire.
I exercised my power to make a small spiritual down-payment. It took a white graduation dress and several joyous occasions to convince me that no matter the size, my down-payment will take me to matching the numbers on our planet’s evolutionary price tag.