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Walk past a big building site and look at the beautiful picture on the billboard – that’s exactly what the building will look like when it’s done! If you had to create a billboard to portray the future that you are building for your life, what would it look like?Hint: There’s a problem. And a solution.

Most of us need assistance when we create that billboard, for a simple reason: Many of us need people who know how to create a better future than the life we’ve had so far. Some of us have been a bit battered – life has given us some bumps and bruises, so many of us have lost hope, lost confidence. Plus, we may have big dreams and hopes, but too many of us don’t know how to make those dreams come true.

People who know you and your strengths and weaknesses and who have skills, access and experience that you don’t have can help you create a wonderful future.

When Rika and I were planning our immigration to Vancouver, Canada in 1997 – we had never been to Canada before, and we didn’t know anyone here – we used the Pet Shop Boys’ Go West as our theme song. We set multiple goals – financial, physical, clothing, groups, and so on, and monitored our progress daily. We reached all our goals and got here locked and loaded. Read the lyrics below – it’s amazing how accurate and appropriate they are – almost as if they were written specially for us:

Go West: Pet Shop Boys

Come on, come on, come on, come on

(Together) We will go our way
(Together) We will leave someday
(Together) Your hand in my hands
(Together) We will make our plans

(Together) We will fly so high
(Together) Tell all our friends goodbye
(Together) We will start life new
(Together) This is what we’ll do

(Go West) Life is peaceful there
(Go West) In the open air
(Go West) Where the skies are blue
(Go West) This is what we’re gonna do

(Together) We will love the beach
(Together) We will learn and teach
(Together) Change our pace of life
(Together) We will work and strive

(I love you) I know you love me
(I want you) How could I disagree?
(So that’s why) I make no protest
(When you say) You will do the rest

(Go West) Life is peaceful there
(Go West) In the open air
(Go West) Baby you and me
(Go West) This is our destiny (Aah)

(Go West) Sun in wintertime
(Go West) We will do just fine
(Go West) Where the skies are blue
(Go West) this is what we’re gonna do

There where the air is free
We’ll be (We’ll be) what we want to be (Aah aah aah aah)
Now if we make a stand (Aah)
We’ll find (We’ll find) our promised land (Aah)

(I know that) There are many ways
(To live there) In the sun or shade
(Together) We will find a place
(To settle) Where there’s so much space

(Without rush) And the pace back east
(The hustling) Rustling just to feed
(I know I’m) Ready to leave too
(So that’s what) We are gonna do

Go West) Life is peaceful there
(Go West) There in the open air
(Go West) Where the skies are blue
(Go West) This is what we’re gonna do

(Life is peaceful there)
Go West (In the open air)
Go West (Baby, you and me)
Go West (This is our destiny)

Come on, come on, come on, come on

(Go West) Sun in wintertime
(Go West) We will feel just fine
(Go West) Where the skies are blue
(Go West) This is what we’re gonna do

Looking for a sparkling new future? Ask me.

Robin $

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