“If there is no wind, row.”
Good morning, friends! Once again we connect with people in our lives and hearts struggling from a force of nature. Encourage them as you can. Let’s get to it.
Whilst mowing this weekend I was listening to an interview with Bear Grylls, the survivalist par excellence, promoting his new book, “How to Stay Alive: The Ultimate Survival Guide for Any Situation”. Needless to say, the table of contents reads like a Boy Scout manual or a caveman drawing: pretty sparse and simple. But in spite of all the sensational knot tying, fluid drinking, and food finding facts, Grylls ultimately said in the interview that the one common characteristic among successful survival persons is an absolute commitment to never quit, a rock solid determination to keep going. Sounds like a life lesson to me.
Think about the number of times in life when you’ve found yourself, just like our quote, in a situation with absolutely no wind at your back but miles to go. I can think of plenty of my own experiences being dead in the water; can you think of any for you? Work. Relationships. Projects. Health. It really isn’t hard to imagine the scenario, is it? Something is going along wonderfully, practically effortlessly, and then.... nothing. What happened? Well, the wind quit blowing. This isn’t about motivation, or goal setting, or anything fancy or teachable. This is about what’s inside of you.
* How badly do you want it?
* What is success worth to you?
* Are you willing to work hard for what was once perhaps easy for you?
I doubt the day will ever come that I have to consider the nutrition of my own fluids or craft a fire from nothing. Most of us won’t face survival needs any time soon, if ever. But quite regularly we’ll all face situations when the wind of ease stops blowing and the energy for rowing begins. At this moment the spirit within us is revealed. Not every situation deserves our greatest efforts; only we can determine which situations do. What will you do when those situations arise this week? I have faith you’ll row, and survive! Have a wonderful week.