Friday, November 17, 2023

Strike While the Iron is Hot

 I was thinking on that old saying, today.  It also occurred to me that a lot of the younger generation probably doesn't know all the old saying rattling around in my head from my years growing up.. ha.  But, that was one of them, and it means that when it's working for you, you should focus your energy in that time.  I apply that to my deliveries in that deliveries tend to ebb and flow.  When it is a particularly good time, I will stay out there longer, and when it is dead I will take a longer break.

However.. to think about the origin of the phrase, consider how they used to make armor or swords or whatever. They would heat up the metal till it was glowing hot. Then, they would strike it with a hammer over and over and form it into the shape it needed to be.  Many have noted at times that this is kinda like how we change in our most difficult and painful periods of trials.  But, it also means to just wait till you have overcome the resistance to change.  We often want to remain in our former state.. our old way of thinking and expectations.  But.. times change, and we must change, too.  We will keep trying to do things the old way and continue running into the same problems.  So, we must be heated... we must face enough resistance that our resistance drops, and we are finally like.. ok.. what else can I be... whack.  What if I try something new... whack.

There's an old quote that I have used at times that applies here..

"A bar of iron costs $5, made into horseshoes its worth is $12, made into needles its worth is $3500, made into balance springs for watches, its worth is $300,000. Your own value is determined also by what you are able to make of yourself"

They say that in running, the first mile lies to you, because you can go much further, and I have found that to be true.  Sometimes, you just have to keep pushing and let the resistance of exercise... and life.. form you into the new shape that will make you more successful in your life, so don't run from the heat... use it to change... whack.

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