WARNING!! WARNING!! THIS IS A REPOST!!
While I really prefer to come here each night with original thought, there are times when old thoughs are good also! Many of you have seen these stories before! I beg your indulgence so that those who have not may get the opportunity to find something they need here!
As I read the various blogs, I find everyone looking for just a little more than help with kicking a nasty addiction. There are loud screams and soft cries from people with varing levels of desperation. Today I would like to share with you two stories that I have encountered that demonstrate FOCUS and DETERMINATION.
The first is about a lady named Trudy. In 1925 she dreamed of becoming the first woman and only the sixth person to swim the English Channel. She made her plans until the day she set out, in pea soup fog, to make her dream a reality. She swam with all she had, for as long as she could, but finally had to give up. She was pulled aboard a boat, and later discovered she was only 1/4 of a mile from the shore. She realized that she could have made it if she had only known how close she was. Her attempt to live her dream, like many others, was crushed because she could not see how close she was. In 1926 Gertrude Ederle went back on a clear day and became the first woman to swin the English Channel. This time she could see her goal. Her ability to Focus on the shore helped her reach her dream. And she did it almost 2 hours faster than any of the men who preceded her. Keep your Focus! Otherwise, you may never know how close you are to success!
My second story is about a man more well known. His name is Sir Edmund Hillary. He was first man to reach the summit of Mt. Everest! Most know his fame for this accomplishment, but few know it was his second attempt. His first attempt was a failure. But the man was not a quitter. Two months after his failure, while giving a speech at the base of Mt.Everest, Sir Edmund Hillary turned and shook his fist at the mountain and proclaimed " I will get you next time, you are as big as you will ever be, but I am not done growing!" This Determination drove him until he did indeed find success in his next attempt! The rest, as they say, is history.
As you face the daily challenges of you own personal goals, not the least of which is Freedom from the evils of tobacco, remember the lessons of these great champions! Keep your FOCUS!! Never lose your DETERMINATION!! Live FREE!!! Tommy