Hmm … so true.
Life may be kicking you around right now. You may wonder if your fortunes will improve. I’m telling you that you can’t even imagine the good that awaits you if you refuse to give up. Stay focused on your dream. Do whatever it takes to stay in the chase. You have the power to change your circumstances. Go after whatever it is you desire.
My life is an adventure still being written – and so is yours. Start writing the first chapter now! Fill it with adventure and love and happiness. Live the story as you write it!
- Nick Vujicic in “Life Without Limits”
While at the park one day, a woman sat next to a man on a bench near a playground.
“That’s my son over there,” she said, pointing to a little boy in a red sweater who was gliding down the slide.
“He’s a fine looking boy,” the man said. “That’s my son on the swing in the blue sweater.” Then, looking at his watch, he called to his son. “What do you say we go, Todd?”
Todd pleaded, “Just five more minutes, Dad. Please, just five more minutes.” The man nodded and Todd continued to swing to his heart’s content.
Minutes passed and the father stood and called again to his son, “Time to go now?” Again Todd pleaded, “Five more minutes Dad, Just five more minutes.” The man smiled and said, “Okay.”
“You certainly are a patient father,” the woman responded.
The man smiled, then said, “My older son Tommy was killed by a drunk driver last year while he was riding his bike near here. I never spent much time with Tommy and now I’d give anything for just five more minutes with him. I’ve vowed not to make the same mistake with Todd. He thinks he has five more minutes to swing. The truth is … I get five more minutes to watch him play.”
Before someone’s tomorrow has been taken away, cherish those you love, appreciate them today.
- Michelle C. Ustaszeski
In most households, the balance of power between parents and children falls decidedly toward a certain side of the scale. Kids might tell themselves they have the power, but they also have many more years to live and countless more lessons to learn.
But that doesn’t mean that children always respect the chain of command. Take Chloe, who decided her parents were being just a bit too strict for her liking. Their unreasonable behaviour inspired her to turn the tables on the disciplinarians, stating that they’ve lost their privilege to read to her before bed until they decide to adjust their attitude.
Some injuries heal more quickly if you keep moving. The same is true of setbacks in life. Perhaps you lose your job. A relationship might not work out. Maybe the bills are piling up. Don’t put your life on hold so that you can dwell on the unfairness of past hurts. Look instead for ways to move forward.
Maybe there is a better job awaiting you that will be more fulfilling and rewarding. Your relationship may have needed a shake-up, or maybe there is someone better for you. Perhaps your financial challenges will inspire you to find new creative ways to save and build wealth.
You can’t always control what happens to you. There are some occurrences in life that are not your fault or within your power to stop. The choice you have is either to give up or to keep on striving for a better life. My advice is to know that everything happens for a reason and in the end good will come of it.
- Nick Vujicic in “Life Without Limits”
Have you ever observed the bamboo trees? They bend under pressure from the wind and return gracefully to their upright position after the wind had died down.
Life is a mixture of good and bad times, happy and unhappy moments. The next time you are experiencing one of those bad times or unhappy moments that take you close to your breaking point, then bend but don’t break. Try your best not to let the situation get the best of you.
A measure of hope will take you through the unpleasant ordeal. With hope for a better tomorrow or a better situation, things may not be as bad as they seem to be. The unpleasant ordeal may be easier to deal with if the end result is worth having.
If the going gets tough and you feel like you are about to snap, show resilience like the bamboo tree – bend, but don’t break.
It’s a dilemma many workers face – how to know when it’s time to quit. If you’re not sure whether you should stick with the job you’re in or throw in the towel, the following signs may help you decide.
- Extreme boredom – Sure, some days at work are more exciting than others, but if you find that every day in the office is a snooze-fest, it may be time to find a new gig.
- That sinking feeling – If just thinking about your job makes you want to throw up, guess what? It’s time to quit.
- No room for growth – Being comfortable in your position is a good thing. However, being so comfortable in your position that you’re never challenged or intrigued is definitely not a good thing. If your job just doesn’t stimulate you like it used to, it might be time to move on.
- Failing mental health – If your current position causes you so much stress that you fear your mental health is at stake, get out of there fast!
- Something better (for your soul) comes along – Perhaps one of the clearest signs that it’s time to quit your job is if a better position becomes available to you. But judging a “better” opportunity isn’t as clear-cut as you might think. Just because another position pays more, that doesn’t mean you’ll be happier in it.
- Retirement seems much too far away – If you’re under the age of 40 and you can’t stop dreaming about retirement, you may want to consider changing careers.
- Things are going from bad to worse – Some days at work are bound to be better than others, but if you get the impression that each new day on the job is a little worse than the one before it, it might be quitting time.
- You don’t fit in – Sometimes, it takes a while to adjust to a new job. But if you’ve been in the same position for some time, and you still don’t feel like you fit in, you might want to seek employment elsewhere.
- Your jar is empty … literally – If you’re not comfortable leaving your job based on an intangible “sign” or feeling, there’s another way to make the decision. Get a small Mason jar, and fill it with rocks. The size of those rocks is up to you. The more you want to quit right now, the bigger the rock. But don’t choose any rocks bigger than half the size of your fist. Every time something happens that makes you want to quit your job, you should remove a rock from the jar. Every time you have a moment that would make you want to stick with the job you have, add a rock to the jar. Do this until the jar is either empty or you can no longer put rocks in the jar. Then, make your decision.