it takes to discourage him or her.”
A student found a cocoon one day and brought it to his biology teacher. She put it in a glass box with a warming lamp. About a week later, the students saw a small opening appear on the cocoon. Then, the cocoon began to shake. Suddenly, tiny antennae emerged, followed by a head and tiny front feet. The students watched the progress of the emerging insect throughout the day. By noon it had freed its listless wings, the colors revealing it to be a monarch butterfly. It wiggled and shook, but try as it might, it could not seem to force its body through the small opening. One student decided to snip off the end of the cocoon to help the insect. Out it plopped. Only the top half of it looked like a butterfly, however. The bottom half was large and swollen. The insect crawled about, dragging its listless wings, and a short time later, it died. The next day, the biology teacher explained that the butterfly’s struggle to get through the tiny opening is necessary in order to force fluids from the swollen body into the wings so they will be strong enough to fly. Without the struggle, the wings never develop. Struggles cause numerous things in our lives to develop. Rather than struggle against struggle, we need to struggle through our struggles!
Struggles bring joy to our lives. It makes us appreciate family, friends, changing diapers, reading bedtime stories, reunions, fine wine, cigars, rainbows, and sunsets on the beach.
You might say that sounds good, but I’m just …………because……….. and I could never………because I have………or my favorite, I am…….because they……… A great way to beat challenges is to make New Year’s Resolutions? Some say it’s a waste of time, since over 90% of the people who make resolutions break them before the end of January. Well, that may be true, but that shouldn’t deter you. Go ahead, make resolutions. Write them down, share them with your family and friends. Even if you can’t be true to your resolutions for more than a month, at least you’re accomplishing positive things for a month! And you know what, maybe later in the year you will revisit those resolutions and maybe this time you will hold fast for 3 or 4 months.
Here’s a few ideas,
- Start a physical fitness program.
- Spend more time with my family.
- Read one book every month.
- Don’t cuss as much!
- Increase my quiet time.
- Be more resolute and show more leadership.
New Year’s Resolutions are about making an effort to improve. Don’t concern yourself with other people or their circumstances. Just work on who you are and how you live. Everything else will take care of itself. I’m also a believer that if you strive to be a better person in your personal life, you’ll do the same in your professional life.
Have a great week and an exceptional New Year!
I’m ready…I promise!