Remember me telling you about the post removal a couple weeks ago.  Well, this is the tool it took to get that post out.   Of course, what you see here is not the post.  It’s a large tree stump that Randy removed with his stone picker the same day he pulled out the post.    Sometimes what you have on hand is not enough.  Sometimes your ingenuity  is not enough.  Sometimes, you need something more.  Sometimes the “miracle” comes when you recognize that you don’t have what it takes.   You need help.

And that’s when some of us quit.

It really doesn’t matter how strong we are.  We all have limitations.  And we all need help at times.  And we definitely all need tools.

The questions is.  What kind of tools do you need?  And do you need help?  Are you willing to invest in tools?  Are you willing to ask for help?

I wonder why some of us don’t want to get the proper tools?

I wonder why we don’t readily ask for help?

Could it be that we think we ought to be completely self sufficient?

Could it be our pride?

Just wondering…

The right tool used by the skilled operator sure made a difference for us.

Are you passionate about what you are doing?

If your answer to that question is, “Say, what?”  I’ve got news for you.

You’ve got to start at the first step.  If you  haven’t figured out what you want to do with your life, you need to get that done.

That’s the only way to hook your future to your passion.

The alternative is to hope for a better tomorrow, or wish for something to change for the better.  I hate to tell you this, but it won’t.  It takes your informed consent.  No one else can tell you what you feel.  No one else can tell you what stirs your passion.  Only you.

Ben Hogan, the famous golfer, wrote something that I’ve found myself returning to frequently.  I’d like to pass it along to you.  Here it is.

  1. Find something you love.
  2. Give your whole heart to it.
  3. Don’t let anyone or anything come between you and your goal.

If you want to be a champion, it’s going to take passion.  It’s going to take investment.  Let me ask you a question.  Are you spending your life, or investing it?  Only you can answer that.

Courage happens when we keep on keeping on.  It’s almost a miracle.  I can’t tell you how many times I have looked at what seemed like a task or situation that was nigh impossible and decided that the only solution was to take the next step.  Sometimes the task is physical.  More often for me the task is mental, since that’s more me.  But since physical challenges are easier to picture, let me tell you about one that we worked on today.

Picture this.  My husband had erected a barrier fence to keep basketballs from rolling off the court and onto the street.   The fence was six feet tall and ran the width of the court.  Let’s say 24 feet.  End posts which had been dropped into four foot holes and embedded in concrete secured the fence.   Our task today was to remove the one remaining end post which was nestled under a fir tree that had grown up around it.

Backing away from this picture for a moment, let me rehearse some of what I was thinking as we tried one thing after the other to get the post to move just a little hoping that we’d soon see it coming out.  I was thinking, work from your strengths.  Working hard doesn’t do much good unless you are leveraging your strengths.  I was thinking, we need more power than either of us has individually.  My husband is a strong man.  I call him strong as an ox.  But in his physical strength alone there is no way he was going to budge that post.  We had already been using a long 4 x 6 with a chain wrapped around it and the post.  Then my husband brought out a car jack, some bricks, some blocks, different size wooden posts.  You’d have been impressed at his ingenuity.

So why do we take on tasks that are beyond our physical strength?  Why do we decide to keep on working on tasks that seem beyond our reach?

I think it is because when we keep on we gain more than simply beating the challenge.  We learn something about ourselves.  Tackling a challenge is satisfying when we find out that we have more reserves than we knew; we have more creativity than we had seen before; we have more stick-to-it-tiveness than we imagined.  We want something enough to keep at it believing that  success is inevitable, if we don’t quit.

I guess we’ll be back at that post project again tomorrow.