We all have problems. Sometimes our problems overwhelm us. You have got to realize that the size of the person is more important than the size of the problem. We should remember the words of Paul Harvey who said that in times of trouble it is always helpful to remember that there have always been times like these.

Problems give meaning to life. A wise philosopher once commented that an eagle’s only obstacle to overcome for flying with greater speed and ease is the air. Yet, if the air was withdrawn, and the proud bird was to fly in a vacuum, it would fall instantly to the ground, unable to fly at all. The very element that offers resistance to flying is at the same time the condition for flight.

The main obstacle that a power boat has to overcome is the water against the propeller, yet, if it were not for this same resistance, the boat would not move at all.

The same law, that obstacles are conditions of success, holds true in human life. A life free of all obstacles and difficulties would reduce all possibilities and powers to zero. Eliminate problems and life loses its creative tension. The problem of mass ignorance gives meaning to education. The problem of ill health gives meaning to medicine. The problem of social disorder gives meaning to government.

We all have a tendency all of our lives to want to get rid of problems and responsibilities. When that temptation arises, remember the youth who was questioning a lonely old man. “What is life’s heaviest burden?” he asked. The old fellow answered sadly, “Having nothing to carry.”

Many outstanding people have overcome problems in their lives. Many of the Psalms were born in difficulty. Most of the Epistles were written in prisons. Most of the greatest thoughts of the greatest thinkers of all time had to pass through fire.

Bury a person in the snows of Valley Forge, and you have a George Washington. Raise him in abject poverty, and you have an Abraham Lincoln. Strike him down with infantile paralysis, and he becomes a Franklin D. Roosevelt. Burn him so severely that the doctors say he will never walk again, and you have a Glenn Cunningham, who set the world’s one-mile record in 1934.

Have him or her born black in a society filled with racial discrimination, and you have Booker T. Washington, a George Washington Carver, or a Martin Luther King, Jr. Call him a slow learner and retarded – writing him off as uneducable, and you have an Albert Einstein.

Dolly Parton sums it all up with these words, “The way I see it, if you want the rainbow you gotta put up with the rain.”

I hope this helps you my friend.

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Etieno Etuk