Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Hard Work and Determination by Diana Flegal
Hard work and determination is supposed to equal success. Yet someone seems to have changed the playing field and thrown the rules up in the air. They swirl around, refusing to fall into any sensible order.
“I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it”
― Thomas Jefferson
“It is a pity that doing one's best does not always answer.”
― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
When the landmarks get shifted as they have in the world of publishing, it can be difficult to get or keep your bearings.
I am a member of the 360* club. That distinguished honor is given to the person trusted with the wheel of a ship, who mistakenly follows the compass instead of the heading they were instructed to maintain. It seems like you are making the correct course adjustment but instead you adjust your heading by turning the ship's wheel continuously to the right, turning the ship in a complete circle. At the wheel - looking forward from the helm in the midst of the open sea, the helmsman or woman has no idea what they are doing. But if you are standing in the stern looking out you can see the ships wake and guess the circumstances.
Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards."
What keeps your course steady in the midst of swirling seas? Have you a meditation or promise you hold onto? Do you pursue your goals in meticulous steps, checking off each accomplished task?
Mark Batterson, in his title Soul Print said: Many of us find our confidence in things we can control. But Holy confidence is not circumstantial- it is providential. Holy confidence puts God in between us and our circumstances.
What anchors you in times of uncertainty?
Lawrence Chewning wrote and shares here the inspiration behind the song, The Anchor Holds.