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Make the Most of Your Situation.

“Where There’s This Much Manure, There’s Gotta Be A Pony”

 

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A story is told of identical twins. One was a hope – filled optimist who often said “Everything is coming up roses!” The other was a sad and hopeless pessimist who continually expected the worst to happen. The concerned parents of the twins brought them to a psychologist in hopes he might be able to help them balance their personalities.

The psychologist suggested that on the twin’s next birthday, the parents put them in separate rooms to open their gifts. “Give the pessimist the best toys you can afford,” the psychologist said,” and give the optimist a box of manure.” The parents did as he said.

When they peeked in on the pessimistic twin, they heard him complaining,” I don’t like the color of this toy. I’ll bet this toy will break! I don’t like to play this game. I know someone who has a bigger toy than this!”

Tiptoeing across the corridor, the parents peeked in and saw their optimistic son gleefully throwing manure up in the air. He was giggling as he said” You can’t fool me! Where there’s this much manure, there’s gotta be a pony!”

Get Back Up

If one dream dies, dream another dream. If you get knocked down, get back up and go again- Joel Osteen

 

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The difference between success and failure is often the ability to get up just up one more time you than fall down!

Moses easily could have given up. He had an “interrupted “childhood and lived with a foster family. He also had a strong temper, a stammering tongue, and a criminal record, but when God called to him, Moses ultimately said yes.

Joshua had seen the Promised Land and believed they could conquer their enemies and possess the land. Yet he was forced to wander in the wilderness for forty years with cowards who didn’t believe. He could have given up in discouragement, but he was willing to go when God said to go.

Peter had a hard time making the transition from fisherman to fisher of men. He sank while trying to walk on water, was strongly rebuked by Jesus for trying to tell Him what to do, and denied knowing Jesus in that hour Mein Jesus needed him most. He easily could have seen himself as a hopeless failure. But when the opportunity came to preach the Gospel before thousands on the Day of Pentecost, he rose to the occasion.

No matter what you’ve done, what mistakes you may have made, what errors you may have committed, you’re not a failure until you lie down and quit. Though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again.

 

Take the first step

“You never get a SECOND CHANCE to make a first IMPRESSION” __Will Rogers.

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During the late 1960’s a couple was vacationing in the California mountains one day, and they noticed a pleasant – looking young man sitting by a bridge near their hotel, Day after day they saw him sitting in that same spot.

At first they assumed he was fishing, but after taking a closer look, they realized he was doing nothing –just sitting and starting into space. Finally, on the last day of their vacation, they couldn’t stand it anymore. They just had to ask: “Why do you sit in that one spot all day, every day!”

He replied with a smile,’ happen to believe in reincarnation. I believe that I have lived many times before and that I will have many lives following this one. Sol this life I’ m sitting out.”

In reality, it’s impossible for any of us to “sit out” life. Each day, we are either moving forward or backward, getting stronger or weaker, moving higher or lower. Each of us begins every new day with a fresh opportunity to change tomorrow’s” starting point.”

You only have one chance at life, so make it count.

God Never Disappoints

Trust in yourself and you are doomed to disappointment but trust in god, and you are never to be confounded in time or eternity.

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Marian had her sights set on becoming a concert singer – a challenge that was doubly difficult because of the color of her skin. Her mother, however, had a patient trust in god. Marian later said, ” Mother’s religion made her believe that she would receive what was right for her to have if she was conscientious in her faith. If it did not come, it was because he had not considered it right for her. We grew in this atmosphere of faith that she created… . We believed as she did because we wanted the same kind of haven in the time of storm.”

When Marian was denied admission to a famous music conservatory because of her race, her mother calmly said, ‘ Someone would be raised up’ to help her accomplish what she had hoped to do at the conservatory. That someone arrived only a few weeks later. One of Philadelphia’s most outstanding voice teachers, Guiseppe Boghetti, made room for her to become one of his students.

Marian Andherson was on her way to becoming one of the most magnificent singers of the twentieth century. On Easter Sunday in 1939, she sang for more than 75,000 people gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial and gave a performance never forgotten by those who were there. Trusting her future to God, she accomplished more than she could have dreamed.

Regardless of the opposition you encounter in reaching your dream always remember that god is on your side.

It is better to take refuge in the lord than to trust in man.

Passionate Enthusiasm

The real secret of Success is Ethusiasm   – Walter chryster

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After years of working in Rome on life size sculpture, Michelangelo went to Floremce, where a large block of splendid white Carrara marble had been obtained for a colossal statue. Within weeks, he had signed an agreement to complete a rendition of David for the cathedral. Contract in hand, he started in at once, working with a furious energy so great that he often slept in his clothes resenting the time with it look to take them off and put them on again.

He faultlessly examined and precisely measured the marble to see what pose it could accommodate. He made sketches of possible attitudes and careful, detailed drawings from models. He tested his ideas in wax on a small scale When he was finally satisfied with his design, only then did he pick up a chisel and mallet.

Michelangelo approached painting the ceiling of Sistine Chapel with the same intensity. He took only a month to develop the theme, then launched with a fury into the final design – building scaffolding and hiring helpers. Lying at uncomfortable angles on hard boards, breathing the suffocating air just under the vault – plaster dust inflaming his eyes and irritating his skin – he spent much of the next four years literally sweating in physical distress as he worked.

May you do your work with the same Passionate Enthusiasm!

Keep Your Eyes Open For Opportunities

“Sometimes, life doesn’t end up as what we planned. Because it is meant to be better”.

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In 1970, Wally started baking chocolate chip cookies for his friends using a recipe and procedure that had been passed down from his Aunt Delia. For five years he gave away every batch he made, even though people often told him that his cookies were so good that he should go into business and sell them. Wally had other ideas though. He was determined to become a big time show – business manager.

Then one day a friends, B.J. Gilmore, told him that she had a friend who could put up the money for a cookie – making business. Her friend never made the investment, but Wally got some of his own friends – including Jeff Wall, Helen Reddy, and Marvin Gaye – to put up some money. Then Wally was off and running.

Originally, he intended to open up only one store on, Sunset Boulevard, just enough to“make a living.” After all, his was the only store in the world dedicated to the sale of nothing but  chocolate chip cookies. But business grew virtually overnight.

Wally’s “Famous Amos Chocolate Chip Cookies” were soon distributed worldwide. Wally himself became a spokesman for other products, from eggs to airlines to a telephone company. While he once dreamed of managing stars, he now is one in his own right!

Sometimes dreams come through the back door. Kept it unlocked!

Do Your Best

“A Problem Is A Chance For You To Do Your Best” –  Duke Ellington
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Long ago, a band of minstrels lived in a faraway land. They traveled town to town, singing and playing their music in hopes of making a living. But they had not been doing well financially. Times were hard and the common people had little money to spend on concerts, even though their fee was small.

The group met one evening to discuss their plight. ” I see no reason for opening tonight , ” one said. “It’s snowing, and no one will come out on a night like this.”

Another said, ” I agree. Last night we performed for just a handful. Even fewer will come tonight.”

The leader of the troupe responded, “ I know you are discouraged. I am too. But we have a responsibility to those who might come. We will go on, and we will do the best job of which we are capable. It is not the fault of those who come that others do not. They should not be punished with less than our best.”

Heartened by this words, the minstrels gave their best performance ever. After the show, the old man called his troupe to him again. In his hand was a note, given to him by one of the audience members just before the doors closed behind him. Slowly the man read, “Thank you for a beautiful.” It was signed simply, “Your king.”

Everything you do is performed before your king – the the king of kings. Are all of your words and deeds worthy of his audience?

Plan B

Climb Mountains Not So The World Can See You, But So You Can See The World.

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In the 1984 Olympics, heavyweight boxer Henry Tillmanplanned out a very careful strategy. He decided he would fight defensively, simply warding off his opponent’s blows until he saw an opening for a strike of his own. Minutes into the fight, it became obvious to Tilliman that his opponent had planned the same strategy! After the bell sounded, ending the first round, Tillman stepped back, dropped his hands, and mentally shifted gears. He recognized that his initial game plan might not work, but he had come prepared with a second plan. He switched to a take the offensive mode of fighting, won the match, and ultimately won a gold medal.

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Figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi also had a “plan B”for her Olympic bid, Originally, she had planned to perform her most difficult jump – three revolutions in the air and a graceful single – skate landing know as the triple salchow. A slight stumble in the early portion of her routine led her to make a change. She cut the triple salchow to a double, regained her balance, caught up with her music, and then went on to perform another triple jump – the lutz.2

No matter how much we rehearse or plan, things don’t always go as we desireTrue champions are those who are prepared to adapt if necessary and switch to what works.

Work As If For Yourself And God

  You are only what you are when no one is looking.

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Joe Smith was a loyal carpenter who worked almost two decades for a successful contractor. The contractor called him into his office one day and said, Joe, I’ m putting you in charge of the next house we build. I want you to order all the materials and oversee the job from the ground up.”

Joe accepted the assignment with great enthusiasm. He studied the blueprints and checked every measurement and specification. Suddenly, he had a thought. If I’m really in charge, why couldn’t I cut a few corners, use less expensive materials, and put the extra money in my pocket? Who will know? Once the house is painted, it will look great.

So Joe set about his scheme. He ordered second – grade lumber and inexpensive concrete, put in cheap wiring, and cut corner he could. When the home was finished, the contractor came to see it.

“What a fine job you’ve done!” he said.” You’ve been such a faithful carpenter tome all these years that I’ve decided to show you my gratitude by giving you a gift – this house.”

Build well today. You will have to live with the character and reputation you construct.

“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” ― John Wooden

Keep At It.

Do What You Feel In Your Heart To Be Right For You‘ll Be Criticized Anyway.- Eleanor Roosevelt

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The way to get to the top

is to get off your bottom. 

One day in the full of 1894, Guglielmo retreated to his room on the third floor of – parent’s home. He had just spent his entire summer vacation reading books and filling notebooks with squiggly diagrams. Now the time had come to work.

He rose early every morning. He worked all day and long into the night, to the point that his mother became alarmed. He had never been a robust person, but now he was appallingly thin. His face was drawn, and his eyes were often glazed over with fatigue.

Finally the day came he announced his instrument were ready. He invited the family to his room, and pushing a button, he succeeded in ringing a bell on the first floor! While his mother was amazed, his father was not. He saw no use in being able to send a signal so short a distance. So Guglielmo labored on. Little by little, he made changes in his invention so that he could send a signal from one hi to the next and then beyond the hill. Eventually his invention was perfected, partly by inspiration, but mostly by perseverance.

Guglielmo Marconi eventually was hailed as the inventor of wireless telegraphy – the forerunner of the radio. He not only received a Nobel Prize in physics for his efforts, but also a seat in the Italian senate and many honorary degrees and titles.

You can accomplish anything you set your heart on by combining your vision with hard work.