When Thomas Carlyle completed his manuscript on the French Revolution, he asked his neighbour John Stuart Mill to read it. Later, Mill came to Carlyle’s house, shaken and pale. His maid had inadvertently used it to light the fire! Carlyle despaired – two years lost! Writing it initially was daunting enough; rewriting it was unthinkable. Then one day, watching a stonemason build a wall, he observed it was going up one brick at a time. Inspired, he thought, ‘I’ll write a page today and one tomorrow. One at a time; that’s all I’ll think about.’ It was slow, tedious work, but he persevered and the result outshone his original.
Jon Gordon writes, ‘If you’re concerned about the future… I know how you feel. I lost my job in 2001… the company sank faster than the Titanic… I thought it was the worst event of my life. I was two months away from bankruptcy. I’d a wife, two children, a mortgage, no health insurance, and very little savings. I was a payslip away from losing it all and… I had to make some important decisions. Eventually they led to the work I now do as a writer, consultant and speaker. I went from Fired to Fired-up! My lay-off led to my life’s mission… what I thought was the worst… led to the best… When the wave hits we have choices… allow it to crush us, or learn from it and ride it to a positive future. We can move forward with determination and faith that our best days are ahead.’ Rejoice. Refocus. God can turn the curse into a blessing.
Most times in life we are faced with the worse of all issues, where do we turn to for help? Who do we go to for consolation? Like the story, if he chooses to stay in mourning the burnt manuscript he would never have achieved the great feat he did. When things happen to you step up. It’s very difficult for most people, cos most times the issues hit them so hard they usually don’t get up on time, the earlier the better, the faster the safer, what you can do tomorrow please do it today, I am currently reading a book titled “Eat that Frog” it helps you solve problems of procrastination, do today what you can do today.
It’s our turn to make the best out of life.
See you on top.