We are surrounded by weeds.
Accepting that we have negativity all around us, our challenge is to look beyond the adversity in our life and grow beautiful flowers like orchids. People like Bill Strickland have embraced this philosophy, and made the world a better place because of it.
The Tiger started yesterday’s round with a double-bogey; yet he finished with an eagle to take the lead at the U.S. Open. What a role model he is for anyone who wants to bring out the best in themselves.
“Everybody’s got something,” my Dad often said, referring to the undeniable truth that we all have obstacles that need to be surmounted.
“I was upset and complained because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet” he continued. This was one of the greatest lessons that was shared with me, and I try to remember that as often as I can when I am frustrated with my results and achievements.
Pop was generous with these important gifts, because he cared about us. He knew that no matter how much or how little we had, there would always be somebody better or worse off than we were. Comparisons with others were irrelevant; what mattered most was how we felt about ourselves, and how we used our talents and gifts to help somebody else less fortunate than we were.
To me, being wealthy means recognizing the abundance that already exists in our own life, and helping others discover ways to find their own success, however they define it.
Happy Father’s Day to all those wonderful Dad’s out there like my Pop who took the time to show me that even weeds have flowers.
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