There is a lot of water around here, where we live. Lots of Jane’s friends have boats. One day a couple of people walked by my stall, talking about sailing. I heard one of them say to her friend, “smooth seas do not make skillful sailors…”
I pondered that idea, and realized she was right. If you
had a horse who never challenged you, always did whatever you asked, could read your mind, and would perform perfectly every time, how good a rider would you become? Not very good, I would think…
Sometimes the challenges we face are the things that bring out the best in us. It’s our judgement that these challenges are “wrong” that causes us a problem, not the problem itself.
Think about the thing that’s bothering you the most right now. How could you use that situation to learn and to grow? How could you make that a positive event in your life?
Perhaps I’ll challenge Jane a little bit today, just to see what she’ll do. It’s my job to keep her skills sharp!