In the middle of a scorching hot summer day, Caleb found himself stuck in his stuffy studio apartment. His cramp quarters did not have an air conditioner but did have one window facing a brick wall that never yielded a cool breeze. Ready to take on the day, he opens up his wallet to notice he has $5 left to feed him for the remainder of the week. He gets paid on Friday. The problem was, it was Monday and that same $5 he was going to use to feed himself is now needed to get gas to make it to work.
Find A Way
His mind immediately goes into motion trying to determine the best course of action to get him through the week. He quickly takes inventory of the room looking for something he could sell for a quick buck. He opens the refrigerator to see if there are any items he can throw together to make a meal. He searches the couch for loose change and checks his pants pockets hoping to find some money he forgot about. Unsuccessful on his search, he tosses a piece of bread in the toaster for breakfast and leaves for work 2 hours ahead of when he scheduled to be in. Caleb was walking 6 miles to work.
Covered with sweat as he walks in the door to the shipping factory, he stops by the manager’s office to view his schedule for the week. Alarmed by what he sees, he immediately starts walking the floor looking for his shift supervisor. His heart is racing and anger boils over within him. Caleb’s hours have been severely cut. He went from working 38 hours a week, just under the 40 hour requirement necessary to get benefits, to a 15 hour week. To make matters worse, the company can’t keep up with the demand of the product they have been shipping, profits are at an all time high, and they just hired 10 new workers who all have more hours than him.
He never found the shift manager.
There’s No Way This Could Be Happening!
As his shift begins, he settles into his spot on the assembly line and begins the quality inspection process of the boxes used to ship the product. Time seems to be at a stand still and his thoughts are consumed on how he is going to survive the week on $5 and the month with less hours. With the burden of his finances consuming his thoughts, his focus is not on the right things and several defective boxes make their way past him on the line. This error creates a chain reaction of chaos.
The defective boxes are filled with product but they are too weak to sustain the weight. Under stress, the boxes rip while being transported on a flat bed to the second level of the assembly line. The product, which weighs 50 pounds a piece, falls over 20 feet almost instantly killing several workers below. Shipping production is shut down for hours to clean and reset the equipment. While things are being reset, many of the workers try to determine what could have caused this error that could have cost the lives of many of their employees.
Caleb being aware of his error, locates the floor manager and confesses. He thought his day couldn’t possibly get any worse from this point. He was wrong. Caleb was immediately suspended without pay.
Where There’s A Will There’s A Way
In our lives, it is common that we will have days like this. There will be instances where things will not go our way. There will be days when it seems like everything that can go wrong will go wrong. During these critical moments, we have the ability to make a decision, we can let our circumstances overwhelm us and blame the world for what goes wrong or we can have faith that if we keep fighting we can overcome any obstacle.
During my 28 years on this planet, I have learned that when there is a will there is always a way. If we have the will to keep fighting, even when situations seem impossible, an opportunity always presents itself. The challenge in situations like this is having the wisdom to recognize an opportunity in the middle of chaos. It’s like looking for a rainbow during the middle of a storm.
If you are stuck with a job you hate, have the faith and the confidence in your self to find a better opportunity. If your kids are driving you crazy, have faith that you will find a way to get through to them. If your relationship is crumbling, have the faith to find a way to restore it to it’s previous loving state.
We cannot give up because we have adversity. We have to believe that all things will come together if we keep the faith. There is always a way if you have the will to look for it.
Make today great!