The Enemy Within
The Victor Hugo novel “93” tells of the crew aboard a sailing ship caught in a storm at sea. The ship is tossing and pitching in all directions, causing apprehension to the sailors. They hear banging from the deck containing cannons. A cannon had broken loose and was being flung from one side of the ship to the other. Each time the boat pitched, the gun would crash into the hull. If they could not secure the cannon, it would break through the hull and sink the ship. The sailors realized the greatest danger they faced was not from the storm outside or the sea but from inside the boat. Their enemy was within, not from the outside.
As with the ship, in life, our greatest enemy is one that lies within us, the one contained in our minds. We can conquer the storms around us if we can take control of our thoughts. Each day we wrestle with doubts and fears. With the “should I” or “should I not.” With the fears of failure or “what will people think.” This inability to take control leads us to procrastinate; this causes inaction. When confronted by life’s challenges, inaction means that we lose the battle with the storm. The storm will not defeat us, but our lack of action will.
The sailors in Victor Hugo’s story recognized that they had to face the danger of the loose cannon; doing nothing would result in losing all hands. By taking action, they could probably save the ship, which they did. Doing nothing was not an option.
To be VICTORS, not VICTIMS, we need to …………….
• Recognize the enemy • Conquer our thoughts and fears • Take action.
It is better to act and lose than to do nothing and guarantee the loss.
Action Creates Results
Stephen Baldwin worked in a pizza parlour. Jean-Claude Van Damme delivered pizza.
Bill Murray was a pizza maker. Madonna worked at Dunkin’ Donuts.
Julia Roberts worked in an ice cream parlour. Queen Latifah worked at Burger King.
Jennifer Aniston was a waitress in a burger joint.
Andie McDowell & Quentin Tarantino worked at McDonald’s
…….. Obviously, You have to work in a fast-food joint!
“Success is what you do for others, not what you have done for yourself.”
Betty and Linda had been talking on the phone for quite a while. When Betty said, “My husband hasn’t stopped looking through the window since it started snowing. I suppose if it snows any heavier, I’ll have to let him in”.
Buddies, Don and Jack are talking on the phone when Jack says, “Yes, we are celebrating the anniversary of my wife’s birthday.” “Anniversary of a birthday?” says Don, “It has to be one or the other.” Jack responds with, “Well, it’s the 10th. Anniversary of her 39th Birthday.”
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ARIES Mar. 21-Apr. 19: Your contributions are worthy, and people will notice. However, resist the temptation to brag or exaggerate your efforts.
TAURUS Apr. 20-May 20: Small pleasures can often be the best. You don’t have to spend big bucks to have a good time.
GEMINI May 21-June 20: A project started this week has a high chance of success. Go at it with lots of enthusiasm.
CANCER June 21-July 22: Attention to detail is needed at home. Note what needs repair and set aside the funds for it.
LEO July 23-Aug 22: Your confidence may be shattered by listening to gossip. Stay clear of those who aren’t supportive of you.
VIRGO Aug. 23-Sept. 22: Take your problems to a higher source. Spiritual counselling can soothe the soul and heal the heart.
LIBRA Sept. 23-Oct. 22: Break away from dull routine. Plan a trip where the weather is warm and leave your problems behind.
SCORPIO Oct. 23-Nov. 21: Your romantic intentions are soured by the idle talk of others. Don’t believe all that you hear.
SAGITTARIUS Nov. 22-Dec. 21: “All good plans….”, well, you know what happens. Just don’t expect perfection but enjoy the moment when it comes.
CAPRICORN Dec. 22-Jan. 19: Show appreciation to one who has a significant influence on your work. Give credit where it is due.
AQUARIUS Jan. 20-Feb. 18: You are approaching a crossroads that will make a big difference in your life. Tread carefully.
PISCES Feb. 19-Mar. 20: A social event will provide an opportunity to widen your circle. A new acquaintance piques your interest.
A married couple was in a terrible accident, and the man’s face was severely burned. The doctor informed the husband that they couldn’t graft his skin as he was too skinny. The wife offered to donate some of her skin. However, the doctor informs them that the only suitable skin would have to come from her buttocks. After discussing the situation, they decided to go ahead. The couple agreed that they would never tell anyone where the skin came from. The doctor also agreed to keep the secret. After all, it was a delicate matter. When the surgery was completed, everyone was astounded at the man’s new face. He looked younger and more handsome than ever, and his skin looked so soft. One day, overcome with emotion at his wife’s sacrifice, the man said, “My dear, I just want to thank you for everything you have done for me. How can I possibly repay you?” “My Darling,” she replied, “I get all the thanks I need every time I see your mother kiss your cheeks.”
A 14th-century church tower peeking above the water offers an insight into the past here at Lake Reschen, in northern Italy. Until the mid-20th century, this site in the Italian Alps was home to the village of Graun, which included some 163 homes. But then, in 1939, an electric company announced plans to build a dam and an artificial lake here, which would submerge Graun and part of the town of Reschen. Despite public outcry and delays due to World War II, the villages were eventually submerged in 1950. Today, the church steeple attracts tourists, especially in winter, when the lake is frozen, and visitors can walk across.
Maria went to the post office to get stamps for her Christmas cards.” What denominations?” asked the clerk Maria, a little flustered said, “Really, have we come to this. Well, give me 20 Baptist, 20 Anglican and 10 non-denominational.”
125 years ago, most people owned a horse, and only the rich had cars. Today everyone has a car, and only the rich own horses.
A young businessman had just started his own firm. He rented a beautiful office and had it furnished with antiques. Sitting there, he saw a man come into the outer office. Wishing to appear the hotshot, the businessman picked up the phone and started to pretend he had a big deal working. He threw huge figures around and made extravagant commitments. Finally, he hung up and asked, “Can I help you?” The man said, “Yeah, I’ve come to activate your phone lines.”
Did you ever notice that musicians play, doctors and lawyers practice,
but the rest of us work?