Today, more so than ever, many Americans are in situations where they feel stuck. Too often we operate with the mindset, “Oh well, this is just what it’s going to be.” When we do this, however, we run the risk of never moving forward and thus we believe that our state is indeed our fate. Big mistake! Regardless of our current condition, to accept things as they are creates a stagnant mindset which prevents us from growing.
There is a difference between state and fate. A state is a condition or mode of being, as with regard to circumstances. Fate, however, is the supposed force, principle, or power that predetermines events. Fate is the inevitable, final result; the undeniable destiny of what must be.
When we accept our state as our fate, and fall victim to our circumstances, we are lying to ourselves. There is a season for everything, which means that no matter what, our current situation will come to pass. Furthermore, there are times when we must endure the “bad” to position ourselves for the good.
A colleague of mine reminded me of the obvious; a sunrise comes after every sunset, and many rainbows appear after rainfalls. In other words, even if we have yet to see the true fruits of our labor – we will in due time.
So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit.
If we learn anything from movies, we learn this: No matter what the odds are, or how grim the situation may appear, there is also an escape route – if we keep moving forward toward the goal. We feel, often times, that our current situations have no way out because we are easily distracted by distractions; focused on why we feel stuck more so than what we can do about it.
In all that we do, perseverance should become one of our closest friends. Remember: “Never get discouraged; to get where you want to be you have to start where you are.” –McGhee’s Manifesto
© David McGhee