Lengthen your stride..!
His strides become longer and longer and his feet like mighty wings fly into the air, as if carried by the wind..! The same holds for us .When we fix a goal for ourselves, we know the number of steps we have to walk before we gain success, but ever so often we find that the goal is a little farther than what we had first imagined. The successful man lengthens his stride, the failure drags his feet, sits down and weeps like the little child.
What goes into the lengthening of one’s stride; more muscle, more determination and greater resolve. Thomas Edison did not sit down and give up when his first efforts to find an effective filament for the carbon incandescent lamp met with failure. He lengthened his stride! He sent men to China, Japan, South America, Asia, Jamaica, Ceylon and Burma in search of fibres and grasses to be tested in his laboratory. Luther Burbank the plant wizard did not quit when obstacles blocked his path. At one time he personally conducted more than six thousand experiments before he found the solution.
George Westinghouse was treated as a mild lunatic by most railway executives,. “Stopping a train by wind! The man’s crazy!” they laughed. Yet the man persevered and finally sold the ‘air brake’ idea to the world. James Watt built model after model of his steam engine before he got one that worked efficiently. Now I’d like to come back to the child I started off with. Ever so often the mother of the child who has sat down picks it up and carries it to the place the little one was supposed to walk to. Ever so often the same happens to us grown ups. We cry and sit down and strong father or uncle, manager or boss who has a soft corner for us carries us along.
I looked at her, walking again despite having had a fall a year back, her daughter in law smiling after she had been diagnosed for cancer and her son, working hard at taking care of wife and mother and daughter, and I told her “God is with you all as you all lengthen your strides, there is no reason to complain..!.”