Where There’s A Will There’s A Way

Growing up I convinced my parents that I must have the educational video program, Where There’s A Will There’s an A. I was just about to enter high school, and thought I needed some preparation for the upcoming four years. I watched the video several times, and took notes like nobody’s business. Did the video pay off? I am not so sure about the video itself, but the time I spent working hard at learning how to succeed in school certainly did. Although my older brother rarely studied and did well, I was determined to study lots and do well in school. I somehow envisioned my life as a professional student. Turns out it wasn’t far from the truth. 🙂 I worked hard and was determined to succeed at school. The saying is quite true after all: Where there’s a will there’s a way. ~SV

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Hard work and determination are two peas in pod.  Sometimes it just seems impossible for something to grow out of almost nothing.  Consider the picture of new life growing out of the pavement.  Seems unrealistic, right? Well, there it is, pushing through any barriers in its way, standing tall and proud in the sunshine as if to say “I did it.”

At the age of 4, Lindsey Carmichael was diagnosed with McCune-Albright Syndrome, a genetic disease that affects the bones. Lyndsey experienced several bone fractures and surgeries to correct these breaks. All this resulted in the use of body casts, crutches, and a wheelchair. When Lindsey was 13, her math teacher overheard her telling a friend that her physical education class lacked activities for her and anyone who was in a wheelchair. This math teacher inspired Lindsey to try archery. In spite of more surgeries, Lindsey went on to become a paralympian competing in Athens and Beijing.  While in Beijing, Lyndsey won a bronze medal marking the first time in 24 years that an American female medaled in the singles archery competition in any Olympic games. Lindsey pushed through any barriers in her way, stood tall and proud in the sunshine and said, “I did it.”

When goals seem unattainable…

When people are dishonest…

When wrong seems to trump right…

When the feeling of defeat and the attitude of “I give up” consumes you, put the above picture on your fridge, or your desk at work, or wherever you will look at it often. Then take a close look at it daily and remind yourself that “where there’s a will, there IS a way!”

Stay Calm & Lead On!
Profs Dr. C. & Dr. V.

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2 thoughts on “Where There’s A Will There’s A Way

  1. Great thoughts to keep in mind! It made me think of another – that ‘good luck’ often comes disguised as hard work and determination. Being well prepared lets you be ready when doors open!

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