We are our own warriors, our own heroes. We must make our own luck. Through self-sacrifice, we strive to the bitter end for gratification. We accomplished so much solely through our own might and will. Our reward is renewed inner strength.
Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn’t matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle: when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.
A psychologist was walking around the lecture hall, while teaching stress management to an audience of eager students. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the “half empty or half full” question. Instead, with a smile on her face she inquired, “How heavy is this glass of water?” The answers rang out ranging from 8 oz to 20 oz.
She replied, “The actual weight doesn’t matter. It all depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, its not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn’t change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.”
She continued, “The stress and worries in life are like this glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them for a bit longer and they begin to hurt, but if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed – incapable of doing anything.”
Love me in the Springtime, when all is green and new, Love me in the Summer, when the sky is oh so blue, Love me in the Autumn, when the leaves are turning brown, Love me in the Winter, when the snow is falling down.
Love me when I’m happy, and even when I’m sad, Love me when I’m good, or when I’m oh so bad, Love me when I’m pretty, or if my face is plain, Love me when I’m feeling good, or when I’m feeling pain.
Love me always darlin’, in the rain or shining sun, Love me always darlin’, after all is said and done, Love me always darlin’, until all our life is through, Love me always darlin’, for I’ll be lovin’ you!