Missing the Obvious

There are chances for work all around just now, opportunities right in our way. Do not let them pass by, saying, “sometime I’ll try,” but go and do something today! ~ Have I Done Any Good?

by Pete Ferguson

During an “on the street” radio interview last week, a reporter discussed with a couple about their woes following Hurricane Sandy. The couple were understandably upset about the water in their basement and how it had reached high enough to seep into the drywall.

“It will all have to be replaced,” said the man. “But we are better off than some.” He is a carpenter by trade, so he will be able to offset the labor costs, but will have to work on weekends because he has another job due the the “economy and all.”

The reporter asked him how he thought the storm will affect the home construction market.

He went on to lament that it is going to be really tough because material costs are going to be really high and most homeowners will contract directly with laborers looking to “make a quick buck.”

I was left incredulous.

Let’s just say you are in the ice cream business with an unlimited supply of ice cream in Antarctica in a town where everyone is broke, and suddenly the ice cap melts and it is really hot. This guy would complain about global warming, and how tough it is going to be to keep his ice cream cold and someone else is probably going to come along and undersell him.

Aside from having an oil well, refinery, and gas pump in his back yard, I’m not sure how else a carpenter living in the North East coastal area could have more opportunity at any other time in history.

This guy clearly is in the wrong line of business. I predict this last weekend he was down at the Home Depot complaining about the cost of sheetrock, while his competition pulled out at 7 am with a trailer of product, a truck full of laborers and enough work for 80 hours a week for the next four weeks.

Next month the man interviewed will likely see his self-fulfilling prophesy come true. He will still be underemployed and miserable.

Without the preparation of a willing attitude, life’s storms are always going to bring more wind and rain instead of power for the wind turbine and water for crops.

Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. ~ Steve Jobs

I’m left wondering what obvious successes are right under my nose that I’ve completely missed.

As a parent, I can certainly see what my children are missing when they short cut a music practice, or fail to turn in their completed homework and get a C in a class at school.

I’m sure for God, it must be painful to hear us pray for something that was delivered last month but we do not yet see it.

What can you and I do today while the sun is shining to work towards a purposeful life? It’s Monday morning and I plan to make this week a great success.

What’s on your “to do” list?

The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were. ~ John F. Kennedy


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