Well, He's Got us There
“Real difficulties can be overcome; it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable.” – Theodore Vail
What a profound quote! This is the sort of inspirational quote that makes you think… my favorite kind. When I come face to truth with a quote like this one, I like to just spend a little time alone with it.
When I think back over my life, I can recall certain difficulties. I think of these difficulties as unwanted visitors. They always intrude in the same way. My family, figuratively, is sitting comfortably in around the dining room, having a wonderful meal – talking about University of Kentucky Basketball, St. Louis Cardinals baseball, the Denver Broncos. Then trouble arrives banging on the door, upsetting everyone and causing chaos. The most unwelcome guest of all time.
However, as I think back on these difficulties…. none of them won. We always survived. What’s more, we walked away stronger and wiser.
As Theodore Vail points out, it’s the imaginary visitors at the door that are our undoing. If we were to sit around the imaginary, figurative table again, an imaginary difficulty would be the type where we’d interrupt the dinner conversation with an anxious, “What’s that?!? Did you hear that?!?!” only to be met with wide-eyed, questioning looks from everyone else. Of course they didn’t hear anything at the door. Nothing was there.
As important and vital as thought is, and truthfully don’t we wish more people practiced the art, sometimes we can think too much. A lot can be said for dealing with difficulties and troubles as they come. Face it, people are going to talk if we run to the door, waving a Louisville Slugger in the air and threatening something that isn’t even there.
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