After the birth of his son, my son-in-law, Mark, remarked how interesting it is that even a 7 foot basketball player begins as a helpless, tiny infant.

We all begin at the same point with our own assortment of potential gifts and talents. We also have our limitations and challenges. But it is what we do with it all that makes us so interesting and unique.

It’s impressive how some people overcome tremendous obstacles and yet maintain a positive outlook. They just keep putting one foot in front of the other and trudge on through their difficulties and disappointments. They see the good that is in every day and enjoy the little gifts that are always present.

I’ve also found through interviewing people for articles and books that those who are most successful in a given area tend to be very focused. They devote their life to perfecting a particular skill. The most famous actors, writers, musicians, artists, scientists, athletes – whatever – devote themselves to perfecting their area of expertise.

Most of us are not willing to do that. We prefer to feed a wide range of interests and priorities rather than sacrifice all else for that one objective. Or we simply don’t want to work that hard at anything.

But for the most part, how we feel and what we wish to accomplish is a choice. We determine what we want to do with our lives. We just need to get up, get going, and do it.

©2013, Mary K. Doyle

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