I am deeply indebted to my friend Glenn Nan Ekeren, a well-known health care executive, writer, author and speaker who writes a blog entitled “ENTHUSEDABOUTLIFE”, for giving me permission to share this, his latest Blog with my readers.
Glenn has been one of my many teachers ever since I read his book (a must for all speakers), “The Speaker’s Source Book”, published in 1988 by Prentice Hall. I found this Blog most exciting and hope you will as well.
A young man lay sprawled across three seats in the Orpheum Theater in Omaha, Nebraska when an usher noticed the abnormal situation.
He approached the motionless man and told him he would need to sit up as he was allowed to occupy one seat.
The young man offered a groan but no movement. The usher brought the manager to attend to the situation. Together they did their best to move the young man but to no avail.
Finally, the security personnel were summoned. They surveyed the situation and then asked, “Hey buddy, what’s your name?”
“Pete,” the young man whispered.
“Where you from Pete?”
With obvious pain in his voice Pete muttered, “The balcony.”
“You only find out who is swimming naked when the tide goes out.”
– Warren Buffett Investor, billionaire, and philanthropist
I’ve Been Thinking. . . about the storms and rising tides of life.
Haruki Murakami reminds us, “And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”
There are times in everyone’s life when adversity, hardships and storms are hiding around every corner. It seems impossible to catch a break. While it’s easy to get discouraged or frustrated; in the scheme of life, it helps to keep it all in perspective.
President John F. Kennedy was once asked how he became a war hero. His response: “It was quite easy. Someone sunk my boat.”
Advice columnist Ann Landers wrote, “If we’re asked to give what I consider the single most useful bit of advice for all humanity, it would be this: Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life and when it comes, hold your head high, look it squarely in the eye and say, ‘I will be bigger than you. You cannot defeat me.”
Gwynedd Mercy University senior Justin DeLuzio was competing in an 8k race when someone yelled, “Watch out for the deer!” A deer struck him in the stomach, and he fell to the ground as more deer ran across the course.
“I turn my head a little bit to the left, and he comes right there,” DeLuzio said in a television interview. “He knocked me down pretty good.”
A teammate helped DeLuzio to his feet, and he finished the race, placing 249th.
Weird Stuff Definitely Happens!
A paratrooper want-to-be was learning to parachute. The instructor gave these succinct orders:
- Jump when you are told to jump.
- Count to ten, then pull the ripcord.
- If the first chute doesn’t open, pull the second ripcord.
- When you land, a white van will be there to pick you up.
When the plane got over the landing area, the young man jumped when it was his turn. He counted to ten, then pulled the ripcord. Nothing happened. He pulled the second ripcord. Nothing happened.
“0h great,” he said to himself. I’ll bet the van won’t be there to pick me up, either.”
Bad Stuff Happens!
So listen up. . .
“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”
– Maya Angelou
Like Glenn’s message, I remind my readers that sometimes it is only when we find ourselves flat on our backs because of bad decisions, do we find the inner strength to raise ourselves up and make the right decisions.
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