I love my teenagers. I mean seriously, they are some of the best people I know. But every so often I hear, "Mrs. Rueckert, this person said...." fill in the blanks. Now first instinct is to be shocked, or to pat them on the back. Or better yet try to deflect their hurt feelings but instead I tell them something that inspires me. I thought of all the inspirational things I should say like, “ seize the day, follow your heart”, but we have heard these things over and over again, you can buy a poster with these sayings on it. I decided to be more real with them. So Here is my little piece of wisdom. As you grow up you will find more frequently than not, “Haters are gonna hate” so don’t allow yourself to be affected by haters and don’t become a hater. Ok there it is my nugget of wisdom. On the surface it seems rather shallow and meaningless advice, until you realize what haters really mean. Haters is an acronym for Having anger towards everyone reaching success.
The Freedom to Fail
Posted: August 03, 2017
Freedom To Fail
The teacher was blunt, her words cruel. “He has too many learning disabilities. It’s a waste of time for him to even attend school here.” Later, Ralph Showers overheard his Grandmother soothing his parents with this great declaration. “I don’t know what people think of Ralph. But I know what God thinks of him. He’s okay.” The young man struggled through high school and college, and finally persevered his way through Seminary. Others labeled him a failure, but, undaunted, he began to build his dream – a ranch for the mentally handicapped. While working on its construction, he made an almost fatal mistake by backing into wires carrying over seven thousand volts of electricity. God saved his life, but both arms were lost to gangrene. His Grandmother’s words rang in his mind, and her belief in him gave him the courage to keep going. Despite great odds, he continued building that ranch, and today he has three ranches for the mentally handicapped in northern Arizona. Delegates from around the world come to him for advice in starting ranches like his. You might say of him what Thomas Edison, another famous person familiar with failure, used to say to himself: “He failed his way to success.”