In a decade not too far removed there was a boy who was full of vigor, curiosity, rage and downright defiance. He would argue the sky was pink just to hear the exasperation in his mother’s voice. She wouldn’t dare mention trivial facts or share small talk with him. It was utterly pointless. He was bright, not just intelligent but really, really brilliant. He knew how to use the information that he gathered but none of that intelligence was used for anything positive. On the contrary, he used his brilliance in a way that almost led to his demise.
The details are not important to the story but let’s just say that he had an opportunity to move to the dark side and become quite good at making bad choices. However a lifeline was given to him at a time when he wanted off of the path that he was on. His mama never ceased holding a space of hope in her heart for her son. She knew that miracles happened and she believed in her son. She knew the tender heart that he posessed would eventually turn him in the right direction…and it did.
When the world says, “Give up”, Hope whispers, “Try it one more time.”~Author Unknown
The boy grew up. He joined the Army, he put his heart and soul into developing all the talents and gifts that he had been blessed with. He thrived in the structure that the military provided. Mama would cry with tears of joy after each phone call he made reporting his progress with great pride and honor. He was becoming the man that she envisioned. HIS journey was mingled with minor setbacks but he didn’t let that deter him from reaching his goals. He kept moving in a forward direction. Mama would celebrate each success with him always telling him the she was so very proud of his choices and accomplishments.
“Don’t dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answer.” ~ Denis Waitley
Fast forward to 2011 – the boy is now a man with a family of his own. He is doing the best that he can and his best is more than good enough. Gone is the sullen, dark teenager that he once was. That was just a phase in the big picture of life. And his mama is proud to say that he is doing great things. He’s a husband learning the fine balance of relationships, he’s a father learning to keep his heart wide open and full of love, he’s an aviator navigating his career to new heights, and he’s a son who is loved so very much.
“Every great work, every big accomplishment, has been brought into manifestation through holding to the vision, and often just before the big achievement, comes apparent failure and discouragement. ” ~ Florence Scovel Shinn