“Sometimes I lay awake at night and ask, “Is life a
multiply choice test or is it true and false test?”
…then a voice comes to me in the dark and says,
“We hate to tell you this but life is a thousand word
essay!!” Charlie Brown of Peanuts fame
I miss Charles Schulz’s comic strip, PEANUTS, don’t you? There was always a life story hidden (often not very concealed) within the humor…it was a comic strip that evoked an emotion of care, concern and even a little righteous indignation when once again Lucy pulled the football out of the reach of Charlie’s foot.
Today’s bit of wit comes with a life lesson we have all experience not only many times but also on many levels. Doesn’t it seem that just as we think we have a situation figured out someone, something or some circumstance changes the rules? I know I am just coming out of a situation (I hope I am out of it) that it seemed as though it was like a “tough piece of meat”…the more I chewed on it the BIGGER it got!! I am sure that all of you have experienced just that sort of thing many times in your life and guess what…we will all experience it again…it is called life.
The great news is that we do not have to sit and stew in it, but in most situations we can continue to forge ahead and see it through to its successful end. We simple need to remember a few points:
1. Change is inevitable….as a matter of fact in today’s socio-economic climate the only thing that is constant is CHANGE…Remember sometimes to move on simply requires a change in attitude, in belief or in direction…
2. Commitment is the constant character trait required to stay the course of life…there is a tremendous void in our society when it comes to this concept…seems more people would rather “be a character” than have character…Oh, what is character it is “that which you have within you to carry out a good resolution long after the mood in which it was made has left you.”
3. Compassion is what moves the needle of our lives…In the Epistle of James the author records these words, “If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and you say, ‘Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,’ but do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit?” (James 2:15,16) Cultivate the Attitude of Gratitude…
Might I close our time together today by quoting another great comic philosopher, Winnie the Pooh, who exhorts us to always remember; You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.”…Go this week and take what life throws your way remembering the three “C’s” and the admonition of Pooh Bear…