I am so dang sleepy right now, even though I managed to sleep quite early last night. I’ve been working hard on editing and adding some effects for the film we will be presenting on our Christmas Party tomorrow so…yeah…it’s a tough job.
Anyways, today’s chapter is my favorite. It’s the chapter that I really kept to heart and the quotation used in this chapter is one that helped me when people made fun or were skeptical of my dream of one day becoming a successful, published author. Apparently, that dream is too far-fetched for them to even think that I would be able to make it. Well, I haven’t given up and that dream is slowly becoming a reality.
A young man who was worried about the uncertainty of his future and in a quandary as to which direction to take with his life, sat in a park, watching squirrels scamper among the trees. Suddenly, a squirrel jumped from one high tree to another. It appeared to be aiming for a limb so far out of reach that the leap looked like suicide. As the young man had anticipated, the squirrel missed its mark–but, it landed, safe and unconcerned, on a branch several feet lower. Then it climbed to its goal and all was well.
An old man sitting on the other end of the bench occupied by the young man, remarked, ‘Funny, I’ve seen hundreds of ’em jump like that, especially when there are dogs around and they can’t come down to the ground. A lot of ’em miss, but I’ve never seen any hurt in trying.’ Then he chuckled and added, ‘I guess they’ve got to risk it if they don’t want to spend their lives in one tree.’
The young man thought, A squirrel takes a chance–have I less nerve than a squirrel? He made up his mind in that moment to take the risk he had been thinking about…and sure enough, he landed safely, in a position higher than he had even dared to imagine.