Monday, May 30, 2011

One Adjustment Away

I watched a movie tonight. For the most part it was very forgettable. In fact, I just finished watching it and I can’t remember the name. It was kinda cute, but very slow. It did have one great line in the movie. It was toward the end and the guy gave the girl a can of play doe. He then told the story of the guy who invented play Doe.

The guy owned a factory that made a sticky paste that was used to clean factory smoke stacks. The guy was very successful until the factories began to switch from wood burning fires to gas fires. Then the smoke stacks didn’t need cleaning and there was no need for his sticky paste. He was going under when his sister came to him with an idea. She showed him that her son liked squeezing his sticky paste much better than he did regular clay. She told her brother that he should sell the sticky paste to kids. He changed the process, put different colors in the sticky paste and marketed it as Play Doe. It has been around ever since.

So here is the line from the movie: ”In life, you are just one adjustment away from success.” In many ways, I think that there is a lot of truth in that statement. Personally I think that adjustment comes by living life “facing forward” and not looking back. If we live in the past, we never learn to move life into the future. But by living facing forward, we can take what was from our past and move it into the future. But by adapting it, we can make it better and more useful.

So, where are you right now? Is it time to make some adjustment? Never be afraid of change. It’s only through adjustments that we continue to walk in victory as we move through life. Who knows, maybe the next adjustment will bring total success and freedom.

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