Florence Chadwick learned the importance of keeping a goal in mind onJuly 4, 1952. She waded into the Pacific Ocean off Catalina Islandand began swimming toward the California coast 26 miles away. The daywas cold and her attendants drove off sharks throughout the journey.Florence had already swum the English Channel twice and, if she couldfinish today, she would be the first woman to have swum both. Butafter fifteen hours in the water, for the first and only time in herlong-distance swimming career, she gave up and climbed into theescort boat. Others had urged her on, but in the fog they could nottell her how near she was to the coast. She later learned that shewas less than half a mile from shore.When asked by a reporter why she gave up, Florence replied: "It wasthe fog. If I could have seen land, I could have finished. But whenyou can't see your goal, you lose all sense of progress and you beginto give up."On a warm, sunny day two months later Florence Chadwick swam theCatalina Channel, handily beating the men's record. Only when shekept her eyes on the shore did she eventually arrive there.Keeping that goal constantly in sight will get you where you want togo.
DAILY SURVIVAL KIT FOR 2009 !!
Toothpick, Rubber band, Band aid, Pencil,Eraser, Chewing gum, Mint, Candy kiss, Tea bagWhy?1. Toothpick: to remind you to pick out the good qualities in others2. Rubber band: to remind you to be flexible. Things might not alwayswork out the way you want, but it will work out.3. Band aid: to remind you to heal hurt feelings, yours and someone else's4. Pencil: to remind you to record how lucky you are every day5. Eraser: to remind you that everyone makes mistakes, and it's OK6. Chewing gum: to remind you to stick with it and you can accomplishanything7. Mint: to remind you that you are worth a mint!8. Candy kiss: to remind you that everyone needs a kiss or hug every day9. Tea bag: to remind you to relax and reflect on all you *have* got.Here's wishing you all & your families a wonderful, healthy and enriching 2009 !!
Courtesy - This new year wish was sent to me by my friend Justin