“You’ll never find a better sparring partner than adversity.”
We face a lot of challenges these days. We get to decide if they will hold us back or do we want to mitigate them the best we can. We can stay vaccinated for the Covid and the flu to protect our selves. We cah help fight the climate chagne by holding our energy usage down. We can reduce the impact of inflation by being more frugal than we have been. It is nice to know that even though we can’t do much we can do something.
The Weeds in Our Lives
Isn’t it amazing how you never have to water your weeds or nurture them and they still give you an unwanted crop? I can remember as a young boy growing up in Santa Cruz, California my grandfather showed me how to dig up this pesky weed called Bermuda grass. It was terrible stuff and it would really spread if you didn’t get it out by the roots.
That was then. But more recently when my wife and I bought our first home about 8 years ago; guess what I had to deal with? If you said weeds, you are correct. There was this certain patch of weeds that was similar to the Bermuda grass. In other words, just as invasive.
After getting the inside of our home settled, it was time to work on the outside. On my hands and knees I vigorously attacked the weeds with a small hand trowel getting each one out by the roots. Spring after, spring that was my ritual.
Just this Spring I realized that one particular weed was no longer prevalent but another one was in full force. So again, I got down on my hands and knees and got to work ridding them from my yard. When I was finished, my yard was better off.
What hidden message is this true story purveying? Sometimes our life can be oh so similar. Yes, we all have weeds in our life. These weeds can be challenges, setbacks, negative beliefs, or naysayers, and the list can go on and on.
The solution is when dealing with these weeds of life is to get to the root of it and remove them one by one and eventually you will conquer this round. And when another crop of weeds shows up, deal with them directly before they spread, because now that you know what to do with them by getting to the root of it, it will give you more courage and wisdom the next time a problem crops up.
You could say we all need weeds in our life to challenge us to grow. Once you know how to handle the weeds in your yard to make it beautiful – so too will your life be.
Written by Tony Masiello
“We don’t develop courage by being happy every day. We develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.”
Barbara De Angelis
George, a career Army officer I once met, was jumpmaster for his unit and was taking up a few novices for a drop. The flight was pretty rough, and, after a while, George called off the jump because of high winds. As the plane headed back to base, and the pilot pulled off an unusually smooth landing, two of the neophytes got airsick.
“How come you could take that rough flight, but you couldn’t handle the smooth landing?” asked George.
“Well, Sir,” one trainee explained, “we’ve always jumped out of planes. We’ve never actually landed before.”
Something popped into my mind and left right away. Maybe it was lonely.
After a long, dry sermon, the minister announced that he wished to meet with the church board following the close of the service.
The first man to arrive and greet the minister was a total stranger. “You misunderstood my announcement. This is a meeting of the board members,” explained the minister.
“I know,” said the man, “but if there is anyone here more bored than I am, then I’d like to meet him.”
I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think.
HOME HINTS – Martha Stewart’s Way Vs The Real Woman’s Way
Martha’s way #1: Stuff a miniature marshmallow in the bottom of a sugar cone to prevent ice cream drips.
The Real Women’s Way: Just suck the ice cream out of the bottom of the cone, for Pete’s sake, you are probably lying on the couch with your feet up eating it anyway.
Martha’s way #2: To keep potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with the potatoes.
The Real Women’s Way: Buy Hungry Jack mashed potato mix and keep it in the pantry for up to a year.
Martha’s way #3: When a cake recipe calls for flouring the baking pan, use a bit of the dry cake mix instead and there won’t be any white mess on the outside of the cake.
The Real Women’s Way: Go to the bakery. They’ll even decorate it for you.
Martha’s way #4: If you accidentally over salt a dish while it’s still cooking, drop in a peeled potato and it will absorb the excess salt for an instant “fix me up.”
The Real Women’s Way: If you over salt a dish while you are cooking, that’s too damn bad. Please recite with me: The Real Women’s motto: I made it and you will eat it and Idon’t care how bad it tastes.
Martha’s way #5: Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the refrigerator and it will keep for weeks.
The Real Women’s Way: Celery? Never heard of the stuff.
Martha’s way #6: Brush some beaten egg white over pie crust before baking to yield a beautiful glossy finish.
The Real Women’s Way: The Mrs. Smith frozen pie directions do not include brushing egg whites over the crust and so I don’t do it.
Martha’s way #7: Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on your forehead. The throbbing will go away.
The Real Women’s Way: Martha, dear, the only reason this works is because you can’t rub a lime on your forehead without getting lime juice in your eye, and then the problem isn’t the headache anymore, it is because you are now BLIND!
Martha’s way #8: If you have a problem opening jars: Try using latex dishwashing gloves. They give a non slip grip that makes opening jars easy.
The Real Women’s Way: Go ask the very cute neighbor to do it.
And finally the most important tip……
Martha’s way #9: Don’t throw out all that leftover wine. Freeze into ice cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces.
The Real Women’s Way: Leftover wine?
A pedestrian hit me and went under my car.
A little old lady gets onto a crowded bus and stands in front of a seated young girl. Holding her hand to her chest, she says to the girl, “If you knew what I have, you would give me your seat.”
The girl gets up and gives up her the seat to the old lady.
It is hot. The girl then takes out a fan and starts fanning herself.
The woman looks up and says, “If you knew what I have, you would give me that fan.”
The girl gives her the fan, too. Fifteen minutes later the woman gets up and says to the bus driver, “Stop, I want to get off here.”
The bus driver tells her he has to drop her at the next corner, not in the middle of the block. With her hand across her chest, she tells the driver, “If you knew what I have, you would let me off the bus right here.”
The bus driver pulls over and opens the door to let her out. As she’s walking out of the bus, he asks, “Madam, what is it you have?”
The old woman looks at him and nonchalantly replies, “Chutzpah.”
“The most beautiful people I’ve known are those who have known trials, have known struggles, have known loss, and have found their way out of the depths.”
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