In 1945, while standing in front of an operating magnetron, Percy had a chocolate bar in his pocket and it melted. He then tested popcorn in front of the magnetron and it quickly popped all over the room. Development of the microwave oven grew out of these observations. Within 20 years they were in everyone’s kitchen.
Incidentally, when one of his colleagues doubted he could heat an egg in it, he leaned in close to the egg while it was cooking (in an open model) and the egg blew up in his face, hence the term, “You’ve got egg on your face.”
Since we never know when the next great thing is going to happen, we owe it to ourselves to keep going as hard as we can and keep a smile on our face.
“Only that which is the other gives us fully unto ourselves.”
Is this true for you?
Take a moment to be thankful and excited about something that you have NOW.
We’ve had Cooper our black lab for over 9 years. He’s older now and doesn’t get excited about too much, usually just sleeps most of the time. He can be anywhere in the house in a dead sleep but at the hint of the word “treat” or a chip bag opening, he’ll jump up and come running. Food is always in the back of his mind and he almost has a sixth sense about it.
I guess that’s how we should be with our vision. I know I cannot do all the things I really want to do right now so I will do what I have to do to get through life. I will always be attentive though and will prepare myself so that I am ready at the hint of an opportunity.
Stop whatever you’re doing and reach as high as you can. Seriously, take your thumbs off the keyboard and reach. When you’re satisfied, scroll down with the other hand.
NOW REACH HIGHER! There’s always one more thing you can do to accomplish just a little bit more:
I still don’t get why I’m so good at having these ideas, writing them down, even making a plan to execute and then a week or two goes by before I actually do something about it. I’ve written the same things down so many times in my journal but still haven’t fully taken ownership of them and been responsible enough to follow through. I know this makes me appear a bit vulnerable as the writer of this blog but I’m asking for the ever mindful nation to comment about their experience with following through on their dreams. I know there are legitimate road blocks that I cannot get around but have I done everything I can possibly do right now? Probably not! It’s time to reach higher.
It’s not the critic that counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled or whether the doer of deeds could have done them better…The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust, and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and often comes up short again and again. Who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy cause. And who, if at best in the end, knows the triumph of higher treatment and high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly so that his soul shall never be with those cold and timid ones, who know neither victory nor defeat.
Not long ago, my 5-year-old daughter Anabelle was at a store with my wife Kerri. On the way in, she saw a claw game filled with all kinds of alluring prizes. Kerri said the whole time they were in the store she kept talking about how she was going to win something from it. Finally it came time to play the game. Kerri tried to warn Anabelle that she may not win something but she was determined to try anyway. Kerri said Anabelle’s eyes lit up as the game whirred to life and the claw started moving. Anabelle moved it around until it hovered above the prize of choice. One click of the button and the claw began to fall. Finally it came to a close clamping at air and pulling nothing up. Kerri said the look of disappointment on Anabelle’s face was heart-breaking.
We’ve all experienced this while chasing our dreams. What we must never do is allow that feeling of disappointment to stop us from continuing to fight for them. Life is hard. You get kicked around more than you ever thought possible. Always remember tomorrow is another day to try again! BE RESILLIANT!
Have you ever heard the old hymn “I’ve Got Peace Like a River?” It’s a beautiful old hymn taken from Isaiah 66:12. Think of a steady stream or a flowing river. It does not stop and start over and studder and shift, it FLOWS. When a stick or rock gets in it’s way, it ever so gracefully flows around it. If we remain in God’s love, His peace will flow. Cut Him out cut peace out, allow Him in allow peace in. Pretty strait forward.