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Healthy Inspiration from SparkPeople

Motivational Quote - A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor.

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Life's challenges are what help us learn and grow, so embrace them! Here's how to look at every setback as an opportunity to improve.


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7/19/2014 12:32:36 AM

This reminds me of several others I have seen (here): one picturing life as a grindstone, with the potential for "polishing" us; another by ZZigler about life being easier for us if we are hard on ourselves. Inspiration to strive for growth and achievement and persevere to finish.

One morning when I was 34, my supervisor tasked me with ensuring that a small contractor group completed a job that day exactly to our specifications. I arrived at the job site to find six men ready to get to work. A very young man approached me and identified himself as the crew foreman. I described the job, physically pointing out critical location details, encouraging him to ask questions, and pointing out where I would be located if he needed anything else. He asked several questions, and then
proceeded to make it happen.

I relocated to watch from a distance, and was amazed at how smoothly the work progressed. When they had finished, I looked over the job critically, looking for anything that would require additional work to get it right. Finding nothing (to my surprise), I congratulated and thanked all of them for a good job. As the workers picked up tools and excess material and litter, I asked the young foreman how he had managed to acquire the skill set to do what I had just witnessed at such a young age. His answer was emotional, respectful, humble, "My dad helped me from a very young age to get ready for real life, and I will always be grateful to him for that."

It's truly a blessing in disguise to have rough seas early in life, or any time.


10/29/2012 12:03:57 PM

22TOGO2's SparkPage
So true


7/3/2012 12:06:24 PM

As a retired Sailor, I like this one a lot. On an aircraft carrier I didn't experience too much in the way of rough seas, but there were certainly plenty of challenges on board, and I grew with each one. Somehow it seems the challenges with weight loss are not as easy to overcome!

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