The happiness series part 7
By Elise Smith
Have you ever noticed in life that things can look really bleak just before a dramatic turn for the better?
The businessman reports that just before he made his fortune, he was about to quit. He was up the creek without a paddle when, suddenly, everything began to fall into place. He hung in there just long enough to reap his rewards.
Perhaps you have had the experience when wondering if life was worth all the effort. You met somebody who lifted you into the clouds.
Life is like that because there is a principle at work here – the “eleventh-hour” principle. It is always darkest and coldest just before dawn. But if we hang on long enough, we will get rewards.
Once we recognize the eleventh hour for what it is, life loses a lot of its trauma. In effect, the universe often seems to be testing us to see if we are serious about attaining our goals. If we hang on that little longer… Bingo!
Once we realize what is happening, we can actually be one step ahead. When everything looks bleak, we can then tell ourselves, “So everything is going wrong! This could mean that everything that I have been striving for is just around the corner.”
We will generally be tested in some way before achieving something of value. If we can pick the eleventh hour for what it is; and treat any difficulties as a necessary part of the process of achievement. First, we won’t be quitters, and second, we will achieve whatever we desire in life.
Don’t be fooled. The eleventh hour is usually an imposter. When everything looks black, it could be time to celebrate. You may be nearly home.
“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “Press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”