Adjusting Sails - A Story of Two Brothers

Author: , © 1998
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"I can't change the direction of the wind,
but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination."
Jimmy Dean


A Friend of Mine Had a Terrible Childhood
He was one of five children, his father was an alcoholic and died very young, and his mother was unable to support the family.

Unfortunately, the children were separated and placed in foster homes. My friend dropped out of school and did nothing to further himself even though opportunities were available to him. He eventually went through a divorce.

My friend's brother, although experiencing the same childhood, educated himself and obtained a job as a welder. He has a close family and a wonderful home.

A Similar Answer
Both brothers give a similar answer when asked why their lives turned out the way they did: "You'd turn out this way too, if you had a childhood like mine." Neither one of the brothers could change his past, but one of them adjusted his sail!

We Can All Use Excuses
It doesn't take much to find an excuse whether that is our family background, our lack of specific educational qualifications, or that we live in the wrong city, or do not know the right people. Each one of these excuses has a solution but if you believe that there is nothing you can do to turn your life around, then you are doomed to be what you are now and no more.

What Do You Want
If you really desire to turn your life to a new course, to set your sails to a different port, it is a matter of choice. If you choose to move forward, the easiest way is to find a solution to your current situation or circumstances. Solutions are there if you want to go after them. Sure, it may take some hard work, or the willingness to take a risk, but if you do not then you will never have a different or happy life. Do not limit yourself by finding an excuse; only limit yourself by refusing to have an excuse.

Life Is To Be Lived Not Squandered
The best part of life is to decide to make the journey through life like a best selling book. Tell a fantastic story when you are ready to tell others how you did it. Make sure life the best story ever written through a journey filled with overcoming obstacles, taking risks, and continuing to develop.



"Live for today,
hope for tomorrow and
forgot about yesterday."

Grant Ngobean


Related:
Start where you stand and never mind the past, the past won't help you in beginning new.
Berton Braley




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