Restless Boomers: Don’t Just Stand There – Walk On!
For many, including Baby Boomers, the holidays are a time of stress, tension and depression for many. As one reflects on what was accomplished in the last year and what there is to look forward to in the coming year, things can seem pretty dreary. The following article is full of encouragement and will definitely help to lift the spirit no matter what your current disposition may be!
Baby Boomers! Don’t Just Stand There – Walk On! By Timothy J Morris
DEAR BOOMERS AND OTHER READERS! I want to begin by asking a favor of you. As you read the first two paragraphs of this article, please keep in mind that they are merely background for those who may not have seen the movie I am referring to. Don’t give up and don’t quit just because you may be thinking, “OK, here we go again! This is just another boring rant about a movie this guy has seen.” That is not what this is at all. In fact, I think you will see that the movie is really kind of tangential to the main point here. The real heart of the article begins after the background. Now, let’s get started.
Not long ago, my wife and I went to see the movie War Horse directed by Steven Spielberg. There are many things you could say about this movie. At one level it is a story of a truly courageous animal and the boy who loved him. The movie draws the audience into a story that begins in rural England just prior to the outbreak of World War I with the scene of a farmer at a horse market. He was there to buy a work horse to plow his fields and help him work the land. However, the horse that went home with him was not one of those giants with strong powerful legs and muscles. It was a thoroughbred meant for racing and riding and speed, thought to be too delicate for farm work. The son of the family, Albert, fell in love with the horse and named him Joey. A strong bond built between them.
As the story moves along, the family faces eviction from their home because they cannot pay the rent. However, they promise the landlord that they are going to plow a certain field and plant it with turnips. Then, they will have enough money for the rent. No one believes that Joey will be strong enough to pull a plow and cut furrows into the fallow rocky soil. No one, that is, but Albert. He gambles it all on Joey’s ability, strength and heart.
After all this background we can get to the main take away thoughts that I promised to share with you. If you fit any of these categories, they might be worth remembering. Are you someone who is looking for a way to see the future more clearly, but all you see is a thick fog? Are you a person who is facing an obstacle or crisis that looks impossible? Is your path ahead is filled with nothing but boulders and hard ground that seemingly would break anyone’s back who tried to clear them? Are you worried about money and how you will make expenses either now or when you retire? If the answer to any of these is “yes,” here is a word of encouragement for you.
In order to save the family farm, Albert hooked Joey to the plow. The ground was nothing but hard packed earth littered with large rocks. Albert put the reins around his shoulders and called, “Walk on!” After a moment Joey started walking, and the plow skidded across the ground. The jeering neighbors had gathered to watch the spectacle because no one believed that you could plow a field with a horse like that one. Then, it began to rain. The ground got softer, and once again Albert called “Walk on!” This time the plow dug into the ground carving a nice long straight furrow. Joey pulled so fast and so well that he even cut right through a large stone that was in the way. Despite the difficulty, he never gave up. Before you knew it, the whole field was plowed, and the farm was saved.
Now, how do you find encouragement from that story? First, remember that in this life there are no blueprints. No one gets to know the future or how things will turn out. The only thing we get to do is to “walk on” taking one step at a time.
A long time ago, back in the sixties, I heard a definition of faith that has stuck with me ever since. Faith, they said, was walking to the edge of all the light you have and then taking ONE MORE STEP. That is how to get through this life – just taking one more step, often into the unknown.
So, what’s the take away from all of this. Let’s say it like this. Remember those questions I asked before? Let’s look at them again.
Are you someone who is looking for a way to see the future more clearly, but all you see is a thick fog? Walk on!
Are you a person who is facing an obstacle or crisis that looks impossible? Walk on!
Is your path ahead is filled with nothing but boulders and hard ground that seemingly would break anyone’s back who tried to clear them? Are you worried about money and how you will make expenses either now or when you retire? Walk on!
Do you get it? No matter what you are facing, walk on. Use your faith to take that one more step into the dark. Then and only then you will get more light. When you come to the edge of the light again, walk on. Don’t stop. Don’t give up. Just walk on!
Let’s get down to the personal aspect of all of this. What does this mean for me personally to “walk on”? Well, there are probably as many answers to that as people asking the question. For me it meant looking for alternate ways to supplement retirement income. Sure there are unknowns. We all have to walk through the dark at times. Have you tried home businesses before that didn’t work?~ ~ ~ ~ About the author: The link below is a place to find resources to help walk into the future with confidence. If you are ready to take charge of your future, this is it. Tim Morris – http://timmorrisonline.com. Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com