WUN FEATHER -- Peter opened my eyes. It was then that I realized that surviving, and being successful, were not mutually exclusive to each other
One particular Spring Break, I went to work at a mine. I had gotten to know one of the mining engineers, who had a nice new truck, and a pretty wife and a new house. Wow.
I liked his lifestyle, and knew that he must know something that I did not know about getting ahead. His life was so much better than mine. I would make every attempt to "accidentally" run into him at one of the few businesses that were in the small mining town. I wanted to learn from him.
One day I saw him at the post office and said ..."Hi Peter ... fancy meeting you here!"
He smiled and he asked me how I was doing. Because I was raised to be humble, I told him that I was surviving.
What he said to me after that, changed my life forever!
He just looked at me and said, "Well, I suppose some people are on this earth to survive."
Peter opened my eyes. It was then that I realized that surviving, and being successful, were not mutually exclusive to each other.
Right now, because of this COVID-19, many people are in survival mode. The government is handing out just enough taxpayer money to keep people from giving up. Don't get me wrong, I am glad that I have paid taxes for over 50 years.
Right now, everyone who is getting some kind of financial relief from the government, should be thanking the people and corporations who have been paying taxes all these years. And just to spell it out clearly ... there is no such thing as government funded -- there is only taxpayer funded.
Maybe at one time, I could have done that, but then the words that Peter said to me would come back to haunt me ... ‘Am I on this earth to survive?’
Let's face it, I could survive very well if I just hunted and trapped and fished for food, and accepted some kind of funding from the government. Heck, many people survive quite well doing that.
But like my friend Peter said, I am not here to merely survive ... and the majority of my friends are the same way ... we don't want an allowance!
We don't want Justin Trudeau, or the government, to lord over us and make all kinds of rules for us to abide by, and then they give us some money to keep us afloat ... we want to be in control of our own destiny.
Surviving is fine, but in reality, that's what the animals in the forest do each day. The stronger ones are predators of the weaker ones, and only the strong survive.
Let’s consider me as a trapper.
These beavers have made their dam --they made their lodge -- and they stored enough food to last them until spring time. And then I come along ... Mr. Trapper.
I am the person who is responsible for limiting the population of the beavers so that they don't ruin our roads and farmers fields. It's kinda sad really.
If that means eating a few beavers and making a few blankets, then that is what I do.
Meanwhile, I send my sincere blessings to each and every one of you. I ask the creator to keep you safe and healthy, and I offer thanks for allowing me to be successful in my endeavor to out smart a few beavers.