Words to Live By

I pass by a farm going to and coming home from work each day. The interesting thing about this farm is the reader board next to the road. This board has two sides. On my way to work side there are farm specials like hay, feed, vegetables, eggs, etc. advertised. On my way home side is what I think of as words to live by. Every week this farmer faithfully puts up various words of wisdom. I have no idea where he or she comes up with these but each week there’s a different message.

One I remember from about a year ago was: “You’ll never get what you’ve never had until you’re willing to do what you’ve never done.” That one had a strong impact on me. I immediately grabbed onto it and haven’t let go. I felt so encouraged by that quote. I thought that’s it! If I keep doing the same thing I’ll just keep getting the same results. If I want change I’ve got to step out of the box and I have to say it’s been a work in progress.

Another week it was simply: “Preparation is the mother of opportunity.” What great words these were to reflect on for a week. I couldn’t deny that in terms of goals/ long range plans’ being prepared for each step definitely has its advantages.

This week is: “The mind is like a television, when it goes blank, it’s better to turn off the sound.” Hmmm. I guess we can all figure that one out.

The thing is, each time I pass by, I can’t help but look. I’ve formed an attachment to that board and look forward to reading those words. I don’t necessarily think all these weekly messages are profound but I want to read them anyway. If the words weren’t there I’d miss them. If the same words were up two weeks instead of one, I’d wonder why and hope the farmer wasn’t sick. If they disappeared altogether that would be too bad as I appreciate his or her effort and am willing to bet I’m not the only one paying attention.

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One Response to “Words to Live By”

  1. Love says:

    This entry is so beautiful.

    “Preparation is the mother of opportunity.” I like that too. Sometimes we are feeling too weak and we can´t prepare not even pray … othertimes we can´t prepare as much as we would like because we are living in a dark castle and we are simply not allowed or we have to hide things all the time so to avoid others to discover that we are trying to improve our lives.

    Or this is what we think. Truth is that we always can do something even if our minds wants to make us believe that we can´t.