REACHING YOUR POTENTIAL Get up, Get Going, Get Over It!
Several years ago, I read the story of Larry Walters, a 33-year- old man who decided he set out on an adventure. Larry got up one morning and went down to the local army surplus store where he purchased 45 used weather balloons. Later that afternoon with the help of some friends, he fastened the balloons to his lawn chair, grabbed a six-pack of beer, a peanut-butter- and-jelly sandwich and a BB gun. The thought was to shoot out the balloons when he was ready to land.
Walters assumed the balloons would elevate him about 100 feet into the air, but was taken by surprise when the chair soared more than 11,000 feet over the air traffc pattern at Los Angeles International Airport. Larry was too frightened to shoot any of the balloons, so he remained airborne a few hours, forcing the airport to divert and delay fights, resulting in long delays across the country.
Soon after Walters was safely grounded and confronted by police, reporters asked him three questions:
Were you scared? “Y es.”
Would you do it again? “No.”
Why did you do it?
“Because,” he said, “You can’t just sit there”.
“You can’t just sit there” is a great motto for life!
There is a story in 2 Kings Chapter 7 about four lepers who found themselves in a desperate circumstance. They were sitting outside the city of Samaria, which was tightly shut up because of a siege they where under by the Syrian army. The lepers’ backs were up against the wall – pardon the pun.
After evaluating their situation they determined to do something.
Now there were four men who were lepers at the entrance to the gate. And they said to one another, “Why are we sitting here until we die?” 2 Kings 7:3 (ESV)
I love their mindset! They knew sitting there and defending the status quo wasn’t going to change their circumstances. They deduced that going into the city wasn’t a favorable option. The only other option for them was to venture out into enemy territory.
The four lepers considered, then pursued the best possible options available. That is a great life strategy for all of us.
Life lesson: evaluate all your options pick the one that gives you the best chance of producing your desired outcome.
As they entered the enemy’s camp – to their amazement the Syrians fed in holy terror thinking a massive army was invading them. In their haste they left behind everything. The four lepers had a hay-day eating, drinking and carrying off the spoils of war.
There is a profound life lesson here: When lack and defciency is all you see, lack and defciency will be all you have. A winning mindset fnds a way.
This poem “All in the State of Mind” is circulating for awhile but worth siting.
If you think you’re beaten, you are.
If you think you dare not, you don’t.
If you’d like to win, but think you can’t, It’s almost a cinch you won’t.
If you think you’ll lose, you’ve lost, For out in the world you fnd
Success begins with a fellow’s will; It’s all in the state of mind.
Full many a race is lost Ere ever a step is run;
And many a coward fails
Ere ever his work’s begun.
Think big, and your deeds will grow; Think small, and you’ll fall behind; Think that you can, and you will.
It’s all in the state of mind.
If you think you’re outclassed, you are; You’ve got to think high to rise;
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before You can ever win a prize.
Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man,
But soon or late the one who wins Is the one who thinks, “I can.”
Sometimes miracles happen not because we are looking for them but because they are looking for us. Get up! Get going! And Get Over it!
Often the test of courage is not to die but to live. —Conte Vittorio Alferi.
Just a thought,