Our life is a series of challenges, and how we tackle challenges is what makes the real difference in deciding the direction of life.
Anurag Prakash Ray
We are still working on what it is going to take to cure my latest malady. Thursday the docs will look inside and see what repairs may be needed. I discovered the problem the other morning while I was meeting with colleagues which triggered great concern on their part. I also was and am concerned but all that can be done is being done.
My friends seemed somewhat taken aback by my apparent casual response to my discovery. I think I behaved that way because I have had so many episodes of significant health challenges that were overcome that I fell back into my “don’t worry” mode. I like to save my concerns for what is rather than what might be.
My thoughts reminded me of the following article of how the events in our lives prepare us for the challenges we face as life goes on.
Burden Of My Own
A Monarch of long ago had twin sons. As they grew to young manhood, the king sought a fair way to designate one of them as crown prince. All who knew the young men thought them equal in intelligence, wit, personal charm, health, and physical strength. Being a keenly observant king, he thought he detected a trait in one which was not shared by the other.
Calling them to his council chamber one day, he said, “My sons, the day will come when one of you must succeed me as king. The weight of sovereignty is very heavy. To find out which of you is better able to bear them cheerfully, I am sending you together to a far corner of the kingdom. One of my advisors there will place equal burdens on your shoulders. My crown will one day go to the one who first returns bearing his yoke like a king should.”
In a spirit of friendly competition, the brothers set out together. Soon they overtook an aged woman struggling under a burden that seemed far too heavy for her frail body. One of the boys suggested that they stop to help her. The other protested: “We have a saddle of our own to worry about. Let us be on our way.” The objector hurried on while the other stayed behind to give aid to the aged woman. Along the road, from day to day, he found others who also needed help. A blind man took him miles out of his way, and a lame man slowed him to a cripple’s walk.
Eventually he did reach his father’s advisor, where he secured his own yoke and started home with it safely on his shoulders. When he arrived at the palace, his brother met him at the gate, and greeted him with dismay. He said, “I don’t understand. I told our father the weight was too heavy to carry. However did you do it?”
The future king replied thoughtfully, “I suppose when I helped others carry their yoke, I found the strength to carry my own.”
“Most of our obstacles would melt away if, instead of cowering before them, we should make up our minds to walk boldly through them.”
Orison Swett Marden
We were helping customers when the store optometrist walked by and flirted with a co-worker. Of course, we all had to stop what we were doing to tease her. But she quickly dismissed the notion of a budding romance.
“Can you imagine making out with an optometrist?” she asked. “It would always be, ‘Better like this or like this?'”
“I wonder if illiterate people get the full effect of alphabet soup?’”
When the graveside service had no more than just finished, there was a tremendous burst of thunder, accompanied by a distant lightning bolt and more rumbling thunder and more lightning.
The little old man looked at the pastor and calmly said, “Well, she’s there.”
“Sponges grow in the ocean. That just kills me. I wonder how much deeper the ocean would be if that didn’t happen.”
There was a little guy sitting at a bar drinking a beer. A while later a huge guy walked into the bar and he went up to the little guy and karate chopped him in the back. The little guy fell off his bar stool and when he got up the big guy said, “That was a karate chop from Korea.” The big guy went to the restroom and the little guy ordered himself another beer. About 20 minutes later the big guy came back and karate chopped the little guy in the back again. The little guy got up and dusted himself off and the big guy told him, “That was a karate chop from China.”
The little guy got up and decided he wasn’t going to take any more of this, so he left the bar. About an hour later the little guy comes back to the bar and he hits the big guy in the back. The big guy is knocked out cold and he’s on the floor. The little guy tells the bartender, “Tell him that was a crowbar from Sears!”
“When someone is impatient and says, “I haven’t got all day,” I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day?”
Ken and Melba had finished their breakfast at the retirement home and were relaxing in the library. “You know,” said Melba, “today, in most marriage ceremonies, they don’t use the word ‘obey’ anymore.”
“Too bad, isn’t it?” retorted Ken. “It used to lend a little humor to the occasion.”
“I dreamed I was a butterfly, flitting around in the sky; then I awoke. Now I wonder: Am I a man who dreamt of being a butterfly, or am I a butterfly dreaming that I am a man?”
While working in the psychology department at Glen Oaks Community College in Centreville, MI, I was asked to enlarge a chart for a meeting. I called the copy room and asked, “Can I get something blown up down there?”
After a pause the voice on the line replied, “I think you want the chemistry lab.”
Heaven grant that the burden you carry may have as easy an exit as it had an entrance.
A beggar goes door-to-door looking for food, he rang on one door and a person comes out: -What do you want?
Can I have some food? –
Do you mind if it is from yesterday?
Of course not.
So, come back tomorrow!
Every struggle you had in your life shaped you into the person you are today. Be thankful for the hard times they can only make you stronger.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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