Years ago I heard a sermon that really stuck with me. The main message was that life can be like a card game. You don’t always get the hand you want, but you have to play with the hand you’ve been dealt.
If something can’t be avoided in life then you have to work with it the very best you can. You mentally move past the negativeness of it all — and start focusing on the opportunities that come your way. (And they will come — you just have to be ready for them.)
Pastor and educator Charles R. Swindoll (born in 1934) said that attitude was more important than facts. I certainly have found that to be 100% true.
Mr. Swindoll elaborated on that by saying, “The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past…we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable.
The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude…I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you…we are in charge of our attitudes.”
It’s not the inevitable event, but our thought processes of getting mentally past the unavoidable and looking for opportunities —that will shape our world.
An Example of a Reader’s Attitude
A perfect example of this impossible-to-be-defeated attitude was reflected in an email I received the other day from a reader, Lynne.
She had lived 30 years in Manhattan in a high rise apartment building and had “yearned mightily” for a garden.
Lynne continues, “When I moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico six years ago, the first time that I tried to garden here in the high desert, without much water, with lots of wind, poor alkaline soil, lots of gophers gnawing away at anything that managed to grow here, my shovel hit clay soil and caliche (deposit of gravel and sand), and bounced back up…
“My 80 year old neighbor came across the street with a pick axe and a smile, and said: “You’re gonna need one of these pick axes to garden here!”
Well, somehow, through lots of trial and errors, I managed to produce some veggies and flowers in raised beds and containers…which IS the ONLY way that one can garden here…
And I managed to save every drop of water that comes from dishwashing, hand washing, and off the canales (a jutting water spout on a roof where gutters are not used) when it ‘might’ rain here…
But organic gardening, here we come…”
Lynne’s spirit and attitude is one that breeds success in spite of whatever difficulties come — and in spite of the inevitable.
I’m going to try to follow her example.
Organic gardening is easy, effective, and efficient — and it’s a lot healthier.
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