Monday, January 24, 2011


“People who have attained things worth having in this world have worked while others have idled, have persevered while others gave up in despair, and have practiced early in life the valuable habits of self-denial, industry, and singleness of purpose.” ~ Grenville Kleiser

My friend, Connie, and I try to get together and walk at least three times a week. We usually walk on the dirt road that fronts our houses, but sometimes we choose the paved road at the end of our street.  When following this route we pass a house where a big, red Doberman pinscher lives. And believe me, he takes his job as “head security dog” very seriously. When we approach his house he comes charging at us, barking and making sure we see his white, pointy, teeth. The first time he came at us, I was reaching for my pepper spray! But when he reached the edge of the yard it was as if he had run into a glass wall.

I looked as close as I dared and saw he had a shock collar on and obviously crossing the invisible fence must have been uncomfortable enough for him to decide to stay in his yard no matter how bad he wanted a piece of us. I pocketed my pepper spray walked confidently on. He followed us along his property line protesting our presence and warning us just what he could do if he didn’t have that pesky collar on. Thank goodness he did!

You know, some of us live our lives as if we are wearing “shock collars.” Think about it. How many times have we let a painful experience keep us from trying something? Maybe we tried and failed, so we are just not willing to go there anymore?

But . . .

If we keep trying, one day we will break through. Then when we look back at all the trials, disappointments, and work our entire experience will be condensed into a single sentence—“It was hard but I made it.”

Is there something you want beyond the property line you’ve made for yourself? Then, keep trying. Don’t give up. Don’t let the pain of the past define your future! One day you will “break through” and then there will be no stopping you! 

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