My boss is burying his mother tomorrow. It makes me think of mine. She was a hardworking dedicated mother. O how she sacrificed.
It is amazing how one's mind travels all over the world at 2 am. Thinking about her led me to thinking about other people's relationships with their parents and children.... the teenage angst years and how best to motivate my children.
I always say that a person does not have to be rich or have "book sense" to make something of themselves. All that person needs is motivation and persistence.
I truly believe that. However, I know that for some people even that is not true. There are people who hear over and over...." If I could do it... anybody could."
I really don't like that saying. First off it means that the person who was successful at whatever, has gone through their own self doubt and have found the motivation to achieve their goal, but now suffers from FALSE PRIDE and still at some level probably still have doubt of their abilities.
There are people who, for whatever reason, just can't seem to move out from the position that they are in. Sometimes it may be something small that prevents them from finding solutions to advancement. Others may want and "tell themselves" they can't have and then become depressed. Still for others it may be depression itself that binds them.
The Boast "If I could, Anybody could" is best put to rest by the prophet Jeremiah: (9:23-24)
"Thus says the Lord: ‘Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.'"
Father, open the eyes of those who are blinded for a way out.
Show them your love and give them your guidance
that they may be able to achieve what they now think as very difficult.