LIBERTY, December 26, 2017 -
Frankly Speaking by Frank Jordan
“Hope” is essential in seeking and attaining success and even greatness. How is your “Hope” level? The answer is up to us both individually and as a collective citizenry willing to step up to attain successes and avoid our excesses while maintaining hope in our quests.
Victory in life teaches there will be successes, but also setbacks, disappointments and even defeats. We must have faith in the fact we can do it and learn, especially from set backs, why we failed so we can jettison the seeds of our failures while accenting the positives needed to soar to victory in the future. To succeed life does not allow us to quit while there is still time in the game.
The ability of teams and persons to never quit and come from behind , even when pummeled and bent in apparent defeat, is celebrated because everyone admires tenacity and savors victory. The spirit of enthusiasm and support for those challenged is an integral part of creating and sustaining positive emotions; setting aside complaining and a “no way” attitude. The words “You can do it,” give hope and inspiration essential for victory. Cull negative attitudes personally and from associates.
Sadly, too often our children, spouses, co-workers and acquaintances with a big test or challenge will not hear the encouragement of our words, “You can do it!” There is a huge difference in inspiration by the words, “Are you prepared?” versus “You can do it!” One questions readiness while the other affirms the ability to succeed. We all need and appreciate affirmation.
What about you? Have you affirmed your own and others’ ability to succeed and come back from life’s setbacks and disappointments? Set aside self criticism and lack of confidence. A few words of encouragement cost nothing and sow seeds of success for our children, friends, associates and all those we encounter. Know you are not alone in addressing and overcoming personal negatives.
One of my favorite stories is set in a concert hall where a master pianist was to perform. When the house lights dimmed and the concert was about to begin, a mother found her assigned seat and discovered her child was missing. Suddenly, the curtains parted and spotlights focused on the magnificent grand piano on stage. In horror, the mother saw her little boy sitting at the piano keyboard, innocently pecking out "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star."
At that moment, the great pianist Paderewski made his entrance, quickly moving to the piano, and whispered in the boy's ear, "Don't quit." "Keep playing." Then, leaning over, Paderewski reached down with his left hand and began filling in a bass part. Soon his right arm reached around to the other side of the child, and he added a running obligato.
Together, the old master and the young boy transformed what could have been an embarrassing situation into a wonderfully creative and magnificent experience. The audience was so mesmerized they couldn't recall what else the great master played that recital except, blazed in their memories, the impromptu version of the classic, "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” with the small child!
We often in ability are like that little boy at the piano. What we can accomplish on our own is hardly noteworthy. We try our best, but the results aren't always harmonious and beautiful music. However, when joined with the helping hands of the Master, our life's work can truly be bountiful and beautiful. The Master of all is God, but you too can be a human master supporting and bettering the lives of those around you by encouragement, support, inspiration and a spirit of “You can do it!”
With the help of the Master it is time we turn our limited abilities acting alone into true masterpieces composed of hope, preparation, participation, dedication and faith in our success, even while learning from past defeats. Frankly speaking, A “can do” spirit enables us to gain and sustain victory. With participation from the Master our little stars too can twinkle to give light, guidance and beauty in not only our lives but those of our families, friends, co-workers, communities, nation and even the world.