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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

No One is Ever Alone...

A snowflake is one of God's most fragile creations, but look what they can do when they stick together!
~Author Unknown

The Story of Old Warwick   

A man became lost while driving through the country. As he tried to read a map, he accidentally drove off the road into a ditch.  Though he wasn’t injured, his car was stuck deep in the mud.  Seeing a farmhouse just down the road, the man walked over to ask for help.  “Warwick can get you out of the ditch,” the farmer said, pointing to an old mule standing in a field.  The man looked at the haggard mule, and then looked back at the farmer, who just stood there nodding. “Yup, old Warwick can do the job.” The man figured he had nothing to lose, so the two men and Warwick made their way back to the ditch.  After the farmer hitched the old mule to the car, he snapped the reigns and shouted. “Pull, Fred! Pull, Jack! Pull, Ted! Pull, Warwick!  With very little effort, the lone mule pulled the car from the ditch.  The man was amazed. He thanked the farmer, patted the mule and asked, “Why did you call out all those other names before you called Warwick?” The farmer grinned and said, “Old Warwick is just about blind.  As long has he believes he’s part of a team, he doesn’t mind pulling.

We sometimes make the mistake of thinking we can do it all by ourselves, however, there’s a popular saying that states, “No man is an island.” As big and bad as we are (or whether we want to admit it or not), we need others to survive. The interesting part though, is we don’t always need someone to physically help us. We don’t always need a hand-out, an actual helping hand, or even someone to swoop down and save the day. Sometimes, we simply need others to help us believe in ourselves. Often times, someone can see potential in us that we can’t even see in ourselves, which gives us the necessary extra motivation to push us that much farther. In the story I posted, we can clearly see how the power of “positive reinforcement” can play such a huge role, that an average beast of burden can turn into a towing franchise! Keep that in mind, the next time you feel inadequate, alone and desperately in need of help. Maybe what you actually need, is someone to tell you how strong, intelligent, and creative you are… and of course, I’m not trying to imply that you are a mule!

Issues arise and circumstances change but our obligations are the same. Whereas help comes in different shapes and forms, there is nothing more powerful than moral support; knowing that you have people to “hold you down”, have your back and root for you, is just as powerful (if not more so) than knowing that there’s someone standing beside you, in the trenches… In all the endeavours, goals, wishes and aspirations that I set for myself to achieve, I have my Old Warwick. He gets the support of “the hubby”, my children, my family, and my true friends (the ones you can blindly count on), who not only have him believe he is part of a team but guarantee him that he is!

For the unspoken support and the obvious presence… Thank you for having my back!

If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people together to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea. 
~Antoine de Exupery

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