Every noble work is bound to face problems and obstacles. It is
important that we check our goal and motivation thoroughly. Once a positive goal
is chosen, decide to pursue it all the way to the end and have no regrets even
it is not realized because we learn along the way.
When you make a mistake,
don't look back at it long. Take
the reason of the thing into
your mind, and then look
forward. Mistakes are lessons of
wisdom. The past cannot be
changed. The future is yet in
your power. -Phyllis Bottome
Many people never
reach their goals because they don't define them, learn about them, nor even
seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where
they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharing the
adventure with them.
Many of us go fishing all our lives
without knowing what we are fishing, nor the proper way to fish. The
story of an ant that follows tells us that vision and planning are
essential in achieving what we want in life.
As the story goes, a tiny ant was seen carrying a huge feather
across the back terrace. Several times it was confronted by obstacles in its path and
after a momentary pause it would make the necessary detour. At one point, the ant
had to negotiate a crack in the concrete about 10mm wide. After brief
contemplation, the ant laid the feather over the crack, walked across it and
picked up the feather on the other side then continued on its way.
without action is daydream.
Action without vision is
Setting goals is the first step in turning
the invisible into the visible.
It was fascinating to watch the ingenuity of one of Godís smallest creatures. It
served to reinforce the miracle of creation. Here was a minute insect, lacking
in size yet equipped with a brain to reason, explore, discover and overcome. But
this ant, like the two-legged co-residents of this planet, also shares human
some time the ant finally reached its destination Ė a flower bed at the end of
the terrace and a small hole that was the entrance to its underground home. And
it was here that the ant finally met its match. How could that large feather
possibly fit down that small hole? Of course it couldnít. So the ant, after all
this trouble and exercising great ingenuity, overcoming problems all along the
way, just abandoned the feather and went home.
The ant had not thought the problem through before it began its epic journey and in
the end the feather was nothing more than a burden. Isnít life like that! We
worry about our family, we worry about money or the lack of it, we worry about
work, about where we live, about all sorts of things.
These are all burdens, things we pick up along lifeís path and drag them around the obstacles and
over the crevasses (cracks) that life would bring, only to find that at the
destination, they are useless and we canít take them with us.
By Tim Pedrosa
The brick walls are not there to keep us out; the brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. ~Randy Pausch