Up The Good Now For A Better Future”
Editorial by Robert
all like to hear a good riddle now and then. It is fun
to try to guess the “trick answer” or come up with
the “punch line”. The neat thing about riddles is
that once you’ve heard the answer it tends to stay
with you forever. The next time you hear the same
riddle, the answer pops right up in your head and out
comes the correct answer. You may not have “got it”
the first time, but our brain seems to process the
answer so that we are never tricked again.
other day I came across an interesting riddle. Let me
try it out on you…
THERE ARE FIVE
BIRDS ON A TELEPHONE WIRE. TWO OF THEM DECIDE TO FLY
SOUTH. HOW MANY ARE LEFT?
you are thinking about the answer, I want you to read
the following brief warning which was written by a man
named Frank Outlaw. It is entitled “It’s All About
your thoughts; they become words.
your words; they become actions.
your actions; they become habits.
your habits; they become character.
your character; it becomes your destiny.
DO YOU HAVE THE ANSWER TO THE RIDDLE?
No, it’s not three; it’s five.
DECIDING TO FLY and
ACTUALLY FLYING are two different things. So even though
two of the birds DECIDE to fly south, it doesn’t mean
that they actually left yet.
when I read the riddle I didn’t have the urge to
laugh. Instead I reflected upon the life lesson that
this riddle has to offer to all who hear it. What the
riddle is saying to you is that you will never get
anywhere you want to go in this life until you point
yourself in the right direction, jump off the wire and
flap your wings. Two birds may have decided to fly
south, but until they jump off the wire, they will never
have a chance of getting there.
come across many people during the course of my life who
had dreams and aspirations, but they just couldn’t
jump off the wire. I’ve seen people who wanted to
reduce weight to improve their health, but who could not
resist the urge to have a donut or chocolate bar,
rationalizing their actions by having a diet Pepsi as
well. Anyone can want to be thin when they are not
hungry. The problem is when they are hungry they are
tempted by the momentary pleasure that comes from eating
that one donut.
same can be said about a person who is trying to quit
smoking. It is easy to quit right after you’ve put out
a cigarette. The real challenge is to resist the urge to
light up later on in the day. Cutting back on drinking;
eating junk food; fast food diets – it is always easy
to set goals and say that you are going to stop
drinking; stop eating junk food; and stop going to fast
food restaurants. But it is too easy to fall to
temptation later on.
the end, it’s not our goals that determine the quality
of our life; it's our actions. When there’s a conflict
between what we want NOW and what we want for the
future, LATER seems so much more attractive than now --
but it`s not a good life strategy.
love donuts, but I’ve never had one that was so good
that the pleasure lasted for more than a few moments.
key to a happy and satisfying life therefore, is to
resist urges and impulses for momentary pleasures that
may sabotage long-term goals. Lots of things that feel
good aren’t good for us, and lots of things that are
fun won’t make us happy.
As I leave you this week, I want to leave you
with a quote by Dante: “There is no greater sorrow
than to recall in misery the time when we were happy.”
up the good `now` for a better `later` shouldn’t be
seen as a sacrifice; it’s an investment.
a good week!