No. 327

Have you ever heard someone say that they were just waiting on their ship to come in? The idea here is that wealth, fame or some other good fortune was going to come to this person and that it was only a matter of time before it did. Unfortunately, what many of these people don’t realize is that their ship is never going to come in, because they never sent one out. During our visit today I want to talk with you about a wonderful principle that could make a tremendous difference in your life.
However, before I dive into this subject if you will indulge me, I would like to say a word or two about this column. First, this column is not about current events. I do my best to keep up with current events and what is going on in the world, but whether it’s international, national, state or local this is covered by reporters and news gathering services. Irrespective of what is going on in the world or in your community I want to share ideas, concepts and principles that are presented in an interesting and unique way, to help each reader to become a happier and more successful person. We all have our personal challenges, opportunities and the normal ups and downs of every day living and how to successfully deal with this is the kind of information I want to share with you.
It is my heartfelt desire that a reader in Cut Bank, Montana..Crystal River, Florida..Huntsville, Texas..Lenoir, North Carolina..Bardstown, Kentucky..Dodge City, Kansas or in any of the other markets across the nation where this column runs, will be inspired, encouraged, helped and made to feel better about themselves and their future. America is a land of opportunity and our greatest blessing is freedom. When given freedom and opportunity the vast majority of Americans will and have succeeded. I just hope to be able to convince a few of the others that they can share in the blessings of America as well.
Now, back to that wonderful principle that I talked about earlier. This principle is known as “The Principle Of Deferred Compensation.” One of the things I have observed in this era of ‘fast food’ and instant gratification is that most people lack patience when it comes to achieving greater success. These people do not understand that there is a price to be paid for everything and that to achieve anything really worthwhile takes time. You can’t plant corn one day and have ‘corn on the cob’ the next. Understanding “The Principle Of Deferred Compensation” is the best way I know to keep from becoming discouraged.
If you are discouraged about something just now, I hope you will give some real thought to what I am saying. A while back a reader sent me something titled, “Life Is An Echo” that is really a great illustration. It begins, “A son and his father were walking in the mountains. Suddenly, his son falls, hurts himself and screams: “AAAhhhhhhh!!!” To his surprise, he hears a voice repeating, somewhere in the mountain: “AAAhhhhhhh!!!” Curious, he yells: “Who are you?” He receives the answer: “Who are you?” Angered by the response, he screams: “Coward!” He receives the answer: “Coward!”
He looks to his father and asks: “What’s going on?” The father smiles and says: “My son, pay attention.” And then he screams to the mountain: “I admire you!” The voice answers: “I admire you!” Again the man screams: “You are a champion!” The voice answers: “You are a champion.” The boy is surprised, but does not understand. Then the father explains: “People call this echo, but really this is life. It gives you back everything you say or do.” Our life is simply a reflection of our actions. Just remember “The Principle of Deferred Compensation” means that for our ship to come in we must first send one out and to accomplish anything that is truly worthwhile takes time. (Jim Davidson is a motivational speaker and syndicated columnist. You may contact him at 2 Bentley Drive, Conway, AR 72034.)