Sherry A. Phillips

Suspense Author

Stumbling Block or Stepping Stone?

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Each is given a list of rules;
a shapeless mass; a bag of tools.
And each must fashion, ere life is flown,
A stumbling block, or a Stepping-Stone.
R. L. Sharpe

That is a portion of a poem and as it states, each of us is given a set of rules and a bag of tools. What we do with them is up to us.

Some of us are given a full set of tools when we are born. For instance, let’s look at the children of two prominent wealthy families, the Trumps and the Hiltons.

Donald Trump has three children from his first marriage to Ivana Trump. His other two children are too young to compare at this stage. All four of the children were born to privilege and had opportunity laid at their feet. They were given a full bag of tools. Fortunately, they chose to use their tools wisely and have ended up as hard-working successful adults.

Now let’s take a look at Rick and Kathy Hilton. They have four children. Paris Hilton is probably the most famous of the offspring, though her sister Nicki is also well-known. If you read the tabloids, you know that Paris is seen as a party-girl who likes to hang out with wealthy playboys. There have been more than a few arrests between the four children for everything from cocaine possession to DUI. Like the Trump children, they were born into a life of privilege. They were also given a full bag of tools from birth. Unfortunately, it seems they have not chosen to use their tools wisely.

Most of us are not given a full bag of tools when we’re born. Most of us will have to go out and work for the tools we use to forge a life for ourselves.

We make a choice whether or not to just make do with the tools life has given us, or we can go to work to get more tools to put in our bag for the future. The choice is ours.

Of course, when we encounter the large obstacle that inevitably presents itself in the middle of our road to success, wouldn’t it be better to have the most tools at your disposal as you need to get rid of it? The more tools in your bag, means you will have more alternatives to deal with ridding yourself of the problem.

If you don’t have the right tools, you may just decide that the obstacle is too big to deal with, turn around and give up.

Will you fashion a wonderful life for yourself and your family and turn obstacles into stepping stones? Or will your obstacles prove to be a stumbling block that prevents you from achieving your goals?

The choice is yours. Choose well.

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