Dream it Anyway!

Posted on: November 23, 2009

At the Galaxy of Stars there were several moments in which there was not a dry eye in the entire building. One of those moments was when the video played Martina McBride’s song, “Do it Anyway.”  The lyrics start with: “You can spend your whole life buildin’ something from nothin’, one storm can come and blow it all away, build it anyway.”  This has been a very inspiring song to me personally, and again this week my life was filled with gratitude for the opportunity we have to share wellness with the world. Although things don’t always go the way I would like, I get to “do it anyway.”  

Susan and I came to the ranch to spend some time before Thanksgiving.  We have been looking for a property close to the ranch on which we could develop a small lake and create a fishery.  We found this piece of property that seemed so near perfect with views of the majestic, snow-capped mountains and a long draw where we could create a world of our own for times with family and friends. But at the end of the draw, overlooking our dream lake and standing between the lake and the view of the mountains was a three-story log house. You could tell it had been built in the last 10 years as the construction site still had leftover pieces of logs and masonry rock. But the cabin stood there empty. The metal roof was starting to detach, the deck was warping and seemed unstable, and it had a weathered appearance as if it had been built 50 years ago. Susan and I knew there had to be a story behind this log house which overlooked a small pond and had an incredible view of the snow-capped mountains. 

I researched and found the owner and asked him if we could see the inside. As we entered the log house, on the wall was a beautiful painting of a log cabin overlooking a pond. Jim the owner told me, “This was the picture of our dream when we lived in Florida for 16 years. We dreamed we would have a log cabin in Colorado.” 

Downstairs there were two bedrooms that had been his children’s.  Rachel’s room was painted with dolls on the walls and then there was David’s room, with the flat, concrete walls painted to look like the interior of a small log cabin. These rooms reflected the dreams of the children. As we walked on the wooden floors in the main part of the house, they gave a little, and felt unstable. The cabinets seemed poorly built but the masonry work was wonderful, creating a sharp contrast in labor skill. 

After we left and went down the steps – which were too steep and now weather-warped due to improper sealing – we stood with Jim to look on this unusual weathered log house with dreams drawn on the walls.  Jim turned to us and said, “This was our dream.  I gave her everything I could to fulfill the dream.  I wasn’t a carpenter, I was a mason.  But she encouraged me to try, that she would help me and we would build our log cabin together in Colorado.  We never finished the log house as she was diagnosed with cancer and soon passed away and I have since had financial hardship. The bank will soon foreclose on the property.”  

It was an incredibly sad moment to see the deterioration and hear Jim talk about the dream. He said, “We were in love and I wanted to do something special for her.”  The lyrics of the song “Do it Anyway” hit me as I listened to Jim.  I said, “Jim!  Jim!  You did it.  Even though you never finished it, you got to live there with her.  Jim, think of how you would have felt if you had never given her the gift of the best you had to offer to make the dream come true.  What if you would have simply been too afraid to try or you lacked the motivation and courage.”  As I spoke to Jim, I saw a smile come across what had been a very sad face and he said, “Yes, you are right.  I gave her the best I had to offer her and I will always cherish the moments we lived together in the log house.” 

As we enter our Thanksgiving here in the U.S., it is always a time when we offer our expression of gratitude.  I would like to suggest you also think of the wonderful opportunities we have here in North America to dream dreams. As Affiliates, think of the many lives we can affect with our wellness products and especially with Nopalea, which is creating such incredible wellness experiences.  Think of the many ways in which your life can express the dreams you hold inside.  Maybe you have held back from fully engaging in your dreams, being fearful they may not turn out.  I offer you this inspired thought: “Do it anyway.”  You will look back on your life and find comfort and joy for the people you helped while building your dream. 

May each of you have a blessed Christmas Holiday Season filled with hope and joy.


12 Responses to "Dream it Anyway!"

The reality of this story is so true not only in our own lives but in the opportunities we have as you did, encourage others.


Just when I think I’ve read your most inspiring post, you blow me away with another one.

Jim’s story really made me stop and count all the blessings that have been poured in to my life. Tammi, my two daughters Krystle & Amy along with my great son in laws Matt& Jered. And of course, My grandchildren, Ashton & Paige.

This past week we all enjoyed a great week in Palm Desert, CA. We stayed in an amazing house on a beautiful Golf course and celebrated Thanksgiving as a family in 80 degree weather. When you live in Oregon, escaping to the desert this time of year is a real treat! All of this was made possible because of TriVita. I never take this for granted. “To whom much is given, much is required”.

Tammi and I appreciate you and Susan, Marcus and Megan, And Luke for all that you do. You have made such a powerful impact on our lives, it’s hard to put in to words. All I can say, is thank you so much!


Bryan Wirth

Dear Michael,

What a touching, humbling story…just like the log house and Jim.

I was reminded of the song, “This Old House”, made popular so many years ago. You saw “your” old house, and you knew it had a story to tell! “Your” log house, much like the one in the song, This Old House…”once knew” special people and things. It “once knew” the story of a man’s love for his wife and children… their dreams…their children, their laughter. It “once knew” the joy Jim and his wife shared in building their dream home…a log house in beautiful Colorado where the majestic Rockies stand watch over Colorado’s surrounding cities and plains.

I felt a lump in my throat as I read how Jim tried to give his wife the log cabin they both had dreamed about…and which she encouraged him to build…even though Jim confessed that he was not a carpenter, and the house testified to that fact. Jim’s expertise was in masonry, not carpentry.

But, Jim persevered and then, as in the song “Do It Anyway”…the storm came and blew it all away”.

Thank you, Michael, for helping Jim to realize that his gift of love was not lost or “blown away”, even though the log cabin he built for his wife was never completely finished, and today stands in near-total ruin.

And, even though Jim has obviously moved on, I believe the Master Carpenter will put Jim’s log cabin into the caring hands of someone …hopefully yours and Susan’s…to finish the work Jim started, and breathe new life into what was always, I believe, meant to be a happy dwelling filled with God’s Presence, and blessing.

Reading your story, I have been refreshed!

God bless you and your family, always.


Norma Windscheffel

So many people do not live their dreams, never follow their passion. I was at a meeting today where a lady was talking about realizing our passion. She told a story about a little boy who had a passion for cars, and dreamed about someday being involved in the auto industry. To make a long story short it came down to staying in his home town area with friends & family or going to Toronto to pursue his dream, an opportunity to study marketing & research in the auto industry….which landed him a job in that field with Toyota. The boy was her son.
I passed your story on to my son, Chris. I know he will do great things some day, but he has a lot to realize before that day happens. He needs to find his purpose. Then he needs to realize that current company may hinder that purpose.
Another thing that did come to light today is that so many people create their dreams, but often do not include good health as part of it. Several people did, including (of course) me. One lady, and myself put it as our top passion. I pointed out ‘without your health, all else may become very difficult to fulfill’.
Thank you Michael for a wonderful story!
May Thanksgiving bring the start of a fishery!


What a great testimony to having a dream, dreaming it big, and doing your best to fulfill it!

If you do not dream, there is no purpose in life. If you don’t dream BIG, then the big dreams won’t come true. And what else is there to give toward your dream but your best efforts? After all, you will reap what you sow.

Thank you for this message. Jim accomplished what was truly important. He did his best toward fulfilling his dream when someone he loved had complete faith in him. Jim and his wife got to enjoy the fruits of his labor, along with his children.

It’s important to see the all the nuances in every accomplishment. And, it is also important to give your very best in order to fulfill it. “Any job worth doing, is worth doing well” is an old saying and is so very true. I think of it every day, when I think about who I can help with their wellness journey through Nopalea. Why waste time trying to accomplish something unless you are willing to give it the proper attention and your best efforts?

Thank you, Michael, for continuing on your journey of fulfilling your dream. Your dream is making a difference in the lives of so very many, and I am grateful.


Dear Michael,

Wasn’t Jim a lucky man to have you come into your life. As you have come into the lives of so many affiliate members.

We are thankful and grateful for the care and integrity you show.

At this time we would like to give thanks to you, Susan, Marcus and Luke and all the TriVita team for all that you do.


Terry & Gillian

Happy Thanksgiving to The Ellison Family! and everyone who helps to make TriVita the great company it is.

What a story Michael and how wonderful you could share some inspiring and uplifting words with Jim to make a real difference in the way he has been thinking.

I am very thankful for the TriVita lifestyle that came into my life and am blessed at the lives I have seen change this past year by taking part of the program.

There are so many things to be thankful for!

God Bless You All~~Tina Gonda

Thank you for sharing such a touching story, and how well it lends to “Do it Anyway”. To think that a log cabin’s story showed so much love is amazing.

My oldest son, Christopher and I just enjoyed a wonderful afternoon and evening together while he is home for the Thanksgiving holiday. My husband enjoyed some hard work in the yard with him all morning, but they get to talk alot without “mom” taking over, so they enjoy doing outdoor chores together. My Christopher is not home as often as his younger brother, Eric, who is more well known with my Trivita team and has met your son Marcus and other Trivita leader’s in Arizona. Christopher and I just returned from seeing a movie based on a true story, “The Blind Side”. After seeing that particular movie this afternoon that was very touching, having a great day with some one on one time with my eldest, and then seeing this moving story you have told, it makes me realize how lucky I am to have such a wonderful family at home and my extended family with Trivita.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family.



Wow! What a story! It is so touching and so sad. What a wonderful thing Jim did for his wife. Most people would just say, “I have no idea how to do carpentry” and that would be that. I am thankful that God puts people like Jim on my path to help me keep my priorities straight. There are so many things that we worry about that just do not matter.

I love that song. I can’t listen to it without crying, but it has a wonderful message.

You’re right, Michael. We have every opportunity to become anything that we want to be, but we so often build obstacles for ourselves. I always think of the people who came here from foreign countries with absolutely nothing and built huge successes. They don’t know that they “can’t do it”. They just do it anyway.

Nancy Finlon


Great post this week. I hope everyone that reads it will decide to “Do it Anyway”. Many times in life people hold back going for their dream. You will never regret going for your dream. It’s always a learning experience the key is to keep moving.

We are thankful for TriVita, the Executive Team and all those who work week in and week out to support TriVita. We have a very caring group of Affiliates who seek to create wellness experiences and 2010 will be our largest year in the history of the company.

I wish everyone a thankful week and while you’re at that big family dinner on Thanksgiving Day make sure to listen for the stories of pain and inflammation. You will be in the right place at the right time and be able to help one of your family and friends with a Nopalea Gift of Health. So that this friday can not only be the largest shopping day of the year but also the largest GIFTING Day of the Year!

Michael enjoy your week and thank you for the weekly inspiration.


Dear Michael, Susan and Family,

Dave and I relish your blog. Your Thanksgiving message of Jim and “Do it Anyway” would hit anyone to the heart. When you write, you create a painting of your vision. We would like to wish you and your family blessings for Thanksgiving and look forward to seeing all of you again soon.

Thank you for sharing.


Dave and Corrine Blackmore

WOW Michael, “Do It Anyway” I heard the song I was there not a dry eye anywhere was so true.

This was a very touching story life is so short isnt it? Just a vapor, over and done!!

Life should be lived with intent and purpose you will never regret giving, loving, being truly thankful, showing appriciation and telling those around you that you love them.

Fact is when we are dying we will all wish we would have done more and lived more.

For me, hearing Jim’s story makes me appriciate my own thankfullness for my own wife and kids as well as all God in his grace has given me especially through his own son my savior Jesus Christ.

I wish everybody reading this a truly thankful thanksgiving! God Bless all. Love John..

PS: Michael, about that fishery? Let’s say When I go say Presidential Director as this is a truly worthy goal I will have to work for, that as a reward I get to hop a plane test drive that man made lake reel in hand. What do you say? Ya know what I say? “DO IT ANYWAY” ;0)

We Love you and your Family Michael may you have such a wonderful thanksgiving together…..

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