A Lesson in Heart
My little 10-year-old daughter, Sarah was born with a muscle missing in her foot and wears a brace all the time. She came home one beautiful spring day to tell me she had competed in “field day” – that’s where they have lots of races and other competitive events.
Because of her leg support, my mind raced as I tried to think of encouragement for my Sarah, things I could say to her about not letting this get her down – but before I could say anything, she said, “Daddy, I won two of the races!” I couldn’t believe it! And then Sarah said, “I had an advantage.” I knew it. I thought she must have been given a head start…some kind of physical advantage. But again, before I could say anything, she said, “Daddy, I didn’t get a head start…my advantage was I had to try harder!”
Most people that excel in their field, sport, etc. rarely possess more talent than their peers or team members – they simply try harder. And many times it is our weakness(es) that become our strength(s). Case in point – my wife, Diane, was a dyslexic child… she struggled in school, obviously. And it was this childhood hindrance that helped her become the dedicated and much loved student-focused elementary teacher that she is today. That and the endless hours she devotes to her students.
So when you feel you are pedaling as fast as you can and getting nowhere fast, don’t give up… just shift gears. By perseverance the snail reached the Ark. — Charles H. Spurgeon
Have a safe, relaxing Memorial Day! Thanks to all of the men and women of the Armed Forces past and present for their service to this great country – God Bless America!
Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the dangers of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of ‘crackpot’ than the stigma of conformity. And on issues that seem important to you, stand up and be counted at any cost. — Thomas J. Watson
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Thanks for the share, WK!