When I was 5 years old, my kindergarten class at the Presbyterian Church took a train trip to Arcadia.
Best I can remember, all we did was ride over there, eat a picnic lunch our mothers had packed and then ride back to Ruston. But from then on, I’ve been hooked on trains. They’re big. They’re powerful. They’re determined to get where they’re going and, if you know what’s good for you, you’ll get out of their way.
Trains exude confidence. None of the storybook “I think I can” stuff, but instead, “I know I can. Stand back and watch me do it.”
Many people know they are doing their jobs well when others are pleased with them. This is because their goal is often to maintain a good image and bring in repeat client/customer business.
However, with some jobs, there will inevitably be people who are unhappy if you are doing your duties well. Take police officers, for instance. When they ticket speeders, pull over drunk drivers or give out parking tickets, they might encounter feedback from very irate citizens who are angry at them for doing their jobs. The same goes for schoolteachers and college professors. If an educator is truly committed to helping students learn, they may pile on a little more homework and force students to push their boundaries more than other instructors. As a result, many students will not like this professional who is merely striving to do their job well.
For those of you who don’t know, my biological father is in jail and has been for some time.
A recent interview about video visitation and recidivism rates at our own jail got me thinking about him.
No, we don’t talk much — maybe once every couple of months. But we do email from time to time through a system called CorrLinks.
What is interesting to me is the fact that while he has been in and out of prison for seemingly petty crimes over the years, this time he really got the short end of the stick. He’s been in since 2009 and that would also be the last time I saw him.
If you’re ever tempted to make a mountain out of a mole hill, just remember, even Mt. Everest has been scaled successfully more than 100 times. And not by some kind of mythological “supermen” who were incapable of failure, but real, flesh-and-bone folk like you and me.
So don’t be intimidated by circumstances! If you can’t go around your problems, just resolve in your heart to go over them — then start climbing. You’ll discover that the view from “the top” is usually more than rewarding.