Purpose & Perseverance

But people in New Orleans lately are in touch with the wolf at their door. Because you see when the world rushes in your bay window and all you ever had is washed away with the current and your whole world comes down to the wet clothes on your back and the few nickels in your pocket you are suddenly as you were when you came in to the world. Completely unequipped except for the tools within you.

A man looks into the abyss and sees nothing staring back at him. It is at that moment that a man finds character. Imagine what it took for these people to cling to their rooftops and stay optimistic that soon all would be better.

As the hours and days dragged the challenge became bigger and harder. Parents had to encourage their frightened and exhausted children to hang in there and despite their own temptations to mentally quit, they had to find the mettle and character to see it through and believe in a better tomorrow. Because you see destiny intervenes where purpose is tested.

Remember that guy Noah? He was told to build a big old boat. The boss was going to put some animals in there. That boat became Noah’s purpose. Did you ever read the story thoroughly enough to know that it took him 100 years to build it? Ever try to stay on track with something for 100 hours or 100 days? Pretty easy to lose interest, to question the notion, to talk yourself into quitting, isn’t it?

Noah stayed the course for 100 years, man. Only with the help of his three sons did he build this monstrosity. You know what else? He didn’t question the boss. He had purpose and the reason he didn’t question that purpose was because he believed his service to something greater than himself was his destiny. Noah had the one thing so many of us seem to lack today. Faith.

It was faith that allowed those Katrina victims to hang on for a better moment to arrive. It was faith that allowed there to ever be Holocaust survivors instead of just victims.

It is that simple faith that a better day is just a week, a day, an hour around the corner. And it is the re-establishment of that elusive faith, mark my words, that will begin the emergence of the reborn society that seeks purpose and finds it in the serving and helping of each other.

You don’t have to feel downtrodden my friends. You can’t let the wheels of life run you over. Believe that a better day is not that far out of your grasp.

The way to be pulled from that ditch is by reaching out your hand. When it meets the hand of another you’ll learn you can rely on your fellow man and pay the debt in full by returning the favor and being there for them. I even bet you could find someone to help on a daily basis. You know… just to make you feel better. Could even become contagious. Keep this in mind. You might not remember what someone said to you, or even what they did to you, but you will always remember how they made you feel.

Frederick L Collins once said, “There are two types of people–those who come into a room and say, ‘Well, here I am!’ and those who come in and say, ‘Ah, there you are.’

I find the latter to be the ones with stronger faith, a better attitude and a brighter look toward tomorrow.”

A bit of purpose, if you will.

Ronald D. Ciancutti is the purchasing manager for Cleveland Metroparks. Ron can be reached at rdc@clevelandmetroparks.com

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