Posts Tagged ‘Adversity’

Sharing or Despairing

December 1, 2011

I’ve made a hobby of collecting inspiring stories.  When I interview amazing people on my show, I’ve noticed that every single story without exception has a hard part in the middle.  These hard parts of life create a choice.  The choice is between sharing and despairing.  When you focus on your problem as if it is all about you, get ready for some serious despair.  When you realize that your problem has something to do with assisting others who have similar problems, and you get busy sharing what you’ve learned and how you’ve grown, life takes on new meaning and purpose.  I am so grateful for good people who are willing to share – it helps me feel less crazy and more hopeful in my own challenges.  Sharing or despairing – it’s your choice!
 
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Recognize that each of us has the power to change the way react to the situations we face in life.
 
Marc Muchnick

The Eclipse

July 10, 2009
Total eclipse of the sun

Total eclipse of the sun

The sun is much larger than the moon, yet during an eclipse the moon blocks our view of the much larger and much more powerful sun (isn’t that a fantastic picture).  On the road to your dream, obstacles will arise.  Remember that these things are not as big and as powerful as your dream – keep the perspective and keep moving forward.  Just imagine where you will be once you get past your giant! 

 

Join me Tuesday evening for a free teleseminar about facing your giants.  http://summergiantsteleseminar.eventbrite.com.

 The difference in winning and losing is most often… not quitting.

– Walt Disney

Playing The Game

May 27, 2009

As I was enjoying game four of the Eastern Conference NBA Finals last night with my sons, I realized that a game without real challenges is not very interesting.  Life is a game.  The object of this game is to learn things, gain experience, and have joy.  As you are playing this game, there will be turns when you draw a card that reads “Bankrupt,” or “Go Back Three Steps,” or “You Lose a Loved One.”  Other cards will say “Payday,” or “Fall in Love,” or “Advance Token to Disneyland.”  Whatever card you have drawn this turn, the objective remains the same – learn something, gain experience, and have joy.  Win this turn, regardless of the card that is drawn!

It is in this whole process of meeting and solving problems that life has its meaning.  Problems are the cutting edge that distinguishes between success and failure.  Problems call forth our courage and our wisdom; indeed they create our courage and our wisdom.

 – M. Scott Peck

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P. S.  Today’s message is dedicated to my twin sister, who is celebrating another birthday today – love ya Pam!
 
For a spiritual perspective, enjoy this video starring my good friend Will Rodgers – 

Impossible Just Takes Longer

September 17, 2008

Art Berg inspired millions by refusing to place limits on his potential.  After a car crash severed his spinal cord leaving him quadriplegic, doctors told Art that he would never marry, participate in sports, or do some of the other things he loved.  Arts mother told him at his hospital bed, “Art, while the difficult takes time, the impossible just takes a little longer.”  Art went on to become an elite wheelchair athlete, and a powerful speaker and author who inspired millions before his death in 2002.  Those who think that something is impossible should get out of the way of those of us who are doing it!

 

 

The Cracked Pot

June 25, 2008

I heard this parable years ago, and then one of our subscribers brought it back to my attention recently.  It is a little longer than most M-Power messages, but worth the read.  Thanks Ken!

 

An  elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole  which she carried across her neck. One of  the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water.     At the  end of the long walks from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived  only half full.   For a  full two years this went on daily, with the woman bringing home only one and a  half pots of water.     Of  course , the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments.     But the  poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it  could only do half of what it had been made to do.   After two years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the woman one  day by the stream     ‘I am  ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all  the way back to your house.’   The old  woman smiled, ‘Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path,  but not on the other pot’s side?’     ‘That’s  because I have always known about your flaw, so I planted flower seeds on your  side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you water them.’     For two  years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the  table.   Without  you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the  house.’   Each of  us has our own unique flaw. But it’s the cracks and flaws we each have  that make our lives together so very interesting and  rewarding.   You’ve  just got to take each person for what they are and look for the good in  them.     

 

Forward this one to all of your crack pot friends today.