Written by Laura Prather on August 31, 2013
Last week the Flying W Ranch in Colorado Springs had a special one-night concert, the first since it burned down a year ago during the Waldo Canyon Fire. It was a really special evening, exciting for what is ahead, but so sad at what was destroyed. I tried imagining each building in what was now a big, empty lot.
It was a great evening but the one thing that has impressed me mos was this quote on the back of the ticket. I thought I would share it with you, along with a few pictures I took on my phone.
Being in business for myself, this statement really hits home. It’s not the easy road. I have to fight for it. I am learning some tough lessons so this is encouraging to me to push through. Those who want things to come easily to them, with little effort, end up robbing themselves in the long-run (and make it harder for those who have to do the work for them). Don’t do “just enough” to get by. “Just enough” means it looks like work, but there is no effort; If there is no effort, there is no growth; if there is no growth, there is only death and demise.
There is so much satisfaction is putting forth your best. Even in failure there is success and lessons learned. The Flying W Ranch is a great example of what looks like great loss but because of their perseverance it is really generating far greater rewards and blessings that they could only experience through a trial like this. They are working hard to help the neighborhood next to them FIRST and then they are rebuilding after their neighbors are taken care of. It would have been so easy for them to just say, “We are done”, and no one would have thought any less of them; but to push forward, determined to rebuild and continue a legacy, well, that IS how you build a legacy. That IS uncommon. What I have learned: Being uncommon is not giving up when it feels like you should.
Hope you enjoy your Holiday weekend with friends and family. If you’ve worked hard then make sure you PLAY HARD (but safe) this weekend!
Here’s to being uncommon. ~ Laura