Give it your best shot!
The world is filled with half-hearted people who give half-hearted effort to half hearted causes.
Every now and then, somebody rises up to make a difference – and the barbs start flying. Like lobsters in the pot, we’d much rather pull each other down than to see someone else climb ahead and succeed. Misery loves company.
Watching a news channel on television the other night, I was amused by hearing the talking heads squabble. They argued, growled and vented their spleens about society’s ills.
I thought, “If they spent as much time doing something about the problems as they’ve spent complaining about them, we’d all be a lot better off.”
Unfortunately, it is much easier to sit around on the sidelines and find fault than to roll up our sleeves and make a difference.
So often, we punish those who make an effort by clucking our tongues, shaking our heads, and pointing out all the mistakes.
Consider the NFL quarterback who is striving to do his best – giving it 100%, while the beer bellied commentators frown and belittle him. I’d like to see them switch places for about twenty minutes. That would be a relief to the quarterback and an education for the commentators!
I think it’s better to be the one criticized than the one doing the criticizing. I’d rather be an eagle who soars in the sky than a chicken who squawks in the coop.
Life is packed with wonderful opportunities. They are like raspberries growing on the vine – all you have to do is go get them! Sure, you’ll be poked with thorns, bitten by bugs, and bothered with a sore back – but just think of the end result! Fresh raspberry pie!
Author Jack London said, “I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my sparks should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.”
Someone once asked former NFL quarterback, Kenny Stabler what
’s quote meant to him. He grinned and replied, “Throw deep!” London