Having recently made it through the flood threat of Hurricane Irene, I was reminded of an old parable about a fellow named Bart who was caught inside his house during a flood. The water was about a foot high when a rescue truck offered to evacuate him. Bart refused, saying, “God will provide.”
The water rose higher and Bart had to climb onto his roof. A man in a rowboat urged Bart to get aboard. But Bart was adamant. “God will provide.”
When the flood waters rose still higher, all Bart could do was cling to his chimney. Scared and cold, he shook his fist toward the sky and yelled, “God, why have you forsaken me?”
A helicopter pilot come to rescue him yelled back, “Look Mister, He sent you a truck, He sent you a boat, He sent you this helicopter. Now use the arms He gave you and grab the rope!”
Bart reminds me of people who moan and whine about never getting the breaks other people get while passing up opportunities that could help them get what they want. Remember the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion who expected the Wizard of Oz to give them the one thing they thought they needed, only to find out they already had what they were looking for? Many of us greatly underestimate and underuse the power within us and the resources around us.
Wanting, wishing, and worrying aren’t enough. Real success and personal happiness come to those who accept responsibility for their lives. They seize obvious opportunities, search out and find hidden ones, and when necessary they even make their own.
This is Michael Josephson reminding you that character counts.