Steve Goodier - Two men fell on hard times. Try as they might, they couldn’t find work.
They heard that a museum was willing to pay $50 apiece for live
rattlesnakes so, in desperation, they decided to catch snakes.
Outfitted with a net and basket, they hiked to a remote area renowned for
its large snake population. But as they scaled a steep ledge, rock gave way
and they tumbled down a slippery bank – into a deep pit crawling with
One of the men quickly sized up the situation and shouted to his friend,
“Look! We’re rich! We’re rich!”
Okay, maybe he didn’t fully appreciate his predicament. But in most
situations, I believe there is a sunny side. Take aging, for instance. As
we grow older, our skin turns from satin to cotton to seersucker to
corduroy. And though we might be encouraged that at least wrinkles don’t
hurt, valuable experience, deep understanding and hard-won wisdom can also
come with years of living. Some people are merely aging -- others are
“sageing.” The difference is in outlook.
It has to do with how we consider our situation. Like a sign spotted
outside a quaint shop: “We buy junk. Antiques for sale.” I wonder, is my
attic full of junk or antiques? What about my life? I’m learning it’s a
matter of perspective; it’s a matter of how I want look at what comes my
way. And it’s also a matter of choice, because perspective is something I
choose more often than I realize.
I’ve learned that my greatest power may well be my power to choose my
outlook. As Abraham Lincoln wisely said, “Most people are about as happy as
they make up their minds to be.” The truth is, I can choose to view tough
times as growing times, I can choose to see aging as seasoning and I can
choose to focus on whatever good there is to be found in living.
I choose. After all, it’s MY point of view.
-- Steve Goodier
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