Nothing will ever be attempted, if all possible objections must be first overcome.
I had a great morning yesterday when I met with a friend who is leading an important organization that is breaking out of their traditional role in order to better serve our community. What I really like about my friend is her willingness to rise above the “We have always done it this way,” syndrome. I can’t think of anything as exciting and rewarding then her going where no others have gone before.
The thing I admire about my friend and others like her is that they don’t spend time finding reasons why not to do something, rather they say why not try something new. Almost anyone can stay in the safe harbor, never venturing out, just doing the same thing today as they did yesterday and will do again tomorrow. Fortunately there are those who break the bonds of tradition and create better answers that benefit us all.
In my case I am too old to worry about embarrassing my self by stumbling, going the wrong way or making a mistake, and if the truth be known it is not so much what I accomplish as it is the fun of trying. Life can be unbelievably interesting for those that adventure out into unknown territory.
This poem by Edgar Guest does a good job of describing what I mean.
The Things That Haven’t Been Done Before
The things that haven’t been done before,
Those are the things to try;
Columbus dreamed of an unknown shore
At the rim of the far-flung sky,
And his heart was bold and his faith was strong
As he ventured in dangers new,
And he paid no heed to the jeering throng
Or the fears of the doubting crew.
The many will follow the beaten track
With guideposts on the way.
They live and have lived for ages back
With a chart for every day.
Someone has told them it’s safe to go
On the road he has traveled o’er,
And all that they ever strive to know
Are the things that were known before.
A few strike out without map or chart,
Where never a man has been,
From the beaten path they draw apart
To see what no man has seen.
There are deeds they hunger alone to do;
Though battered and bruised and sore,
They blaze the path for the many, who
Do nothing not done before.
The things that haven’t been done before
Are the tasks worthwhile today;
Are you one of the flock that follows, or
Are you one that shall lead the way?
Are you one of the timid souls that quail
At the jeers of a doubting crew,
Or dare you, whether you win or fail,
Strike out for a goal that’s new?
“The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing, and becomes nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn and feel and change and grow and love and live.”
Leo F. Buscaglia
Because an increasing number of people are having heart attacks while gambling, the big, high- class casinos are now equipped with sophisticated defibrillators. They are computer controlled to deliver the exact electric shock needed to revive a heart attack victim. That is, if you’re at a big, high-class casino. At the cheaper casinos downtown, they just drag you across the carpet and touch your finger to the doorknob.
“From your parents you learn love and laughter and how to put one foot before the other. But when books are opened you discover you have wings.”
Rabbi Morris has just resigned and Irving, the synagogue president, goes to visit him.
“Rabbi,” Irving says, “I’ve just heard the news. I’m really sorry that you’ve decided to leave us.”
“Don’t worry,” says Rabbi Morris, “you’ll have nothing to worry about. I’m going to recommend a successor whom I believe will be better than me.”
“But that’s exactly what’s worrying me,” says Irving, “your predecessor told me exactly the same thing.”
There are several good protections against temptation, but the surest is cowardice.
YOUR CHURCH IS A REDNECK CHURCH IF…
The finance committee refuses to provide funds for the purchase of a chandelier because none of the members knows how to play one.
People ask, when they learn that Jesus fed the 5000, whether the two fish were bass or catfish, and what bait was used to catch ’em.
A member of the church requests to be buried in his 4-wheel-drive truck because “It ain’t never been in a hole it couldn’t git out of.”
High notes on the organ set the dogs on the floor to howling.
People think “rapture” is what you get when you lift something too heavy.
Four things come not back–the spoken word, the sped arrow, time past, and the neglected opportunity.
Abbas Ibn al-Ahnaf
She said: My husband is wonderful with our baby daughter, but often he turns to me for advice. Recently, I was in the shower when he poked his head in to ask, “What should I feed Lily for lunch?”
“That’s up to you,” I replied. “There’s all kinds of food. Why don’t you pretend I’m not at home?”
A few minutes later, my cell phone rang. I answered it to hear my husband asking, “Yeah, hi, Honey. Uh..what should I feed Lily for lunch?”
There are worse things than getting a call for a wrong number at 4 AM . – Like this: It could be a right number.
Little Johnny told his mother that he had been playing postman.
“Postman? How could you do that when you had no letters?”
“Oh, I had some letters,” replied Johnny. “I was looking in your closet up in your room and I found a packet of letters tied up with a ribbon and I posted one under every door on the street!”
“It’s not because things are difficult that we dare not venture.
It’s because we dare not venture that they are difficult.”
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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