“Having done my sums. I knew how much every square meter would cost. I had measured and marked it out several times, hoping that it really was a lot smaller than my assessments were telling me. Suddenly the potential of that financial burden started to outweigh the potential of something even better again.

Panorama across the Paradise Rescued vineyards

Panorama across the Paradise Rescued vineyards

When doubt and fear start, it becomes like a cancer, eating your dream from the inside out. I couldn’t settle for a half-baked new dream somewhere else and miss an opportunity! But this wasn’t St. Emilion – it was more like a cabbage patch in Cardan. No hidden lucky gold mine here!

Thinking for a while can be a powerful tool. Thinking too long can be procrastination. But there is power in thought. Between stimulus and response, between flight and fight, there can be, and there has to be, more thought. Had I reacted incorrectly to the stimulus, I would probably have missed one of the greatest opportunities of my life. A lot of experiences had come together at a critical moment. Happily (now!) I choose the road less travelled, harder to climb but with the better scenery.

My generally decisive nature had actually pushed me into a corner from which I could not retreat. I had to make a go of it or roll the dice again and let success fall from my grasp. The challenge was no longer a matter of whether or not to face it or take it on but how to get a win from this situation.

Paradise Rescued - From Cabbage Patch to Cabernet Franc. Now available.

Paradise Rescued – From Cabbage Patch to Cabernet Franc. Now available.

Game on!

The wisdom of reflection shows me that I had a choice. The good fortune of life had given me that opportunity of the discussion with Jean-Claude. Had I missed that one line then indeed I might not have had the choice at all. Fate and life gave me that opportunity – how I’d choose to use it, would be up to me!”

The above sections are an excerpt from Chapter 5″Pay Up or Shut Up” in “Paradise Rescued – From Cabbage Patch to Cabernet Franc” by David Stannard, Founder Owner Paradise Rescued now available on Amazon in soft / hard copy format and via the Book page on paradiseresued.com.

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