Nothing hits you quite as hard as a devastating Problem.
It beats the wind out of you. Leaves you stupefied, confused and stuck. And when you’re hit with one problem after another. It’s like a series of non-stop punches. Pummeling you to the ground. Without a moment to recover.
I’m personally going through a series of challenges. Challenges that are disrupting my routine, clouding my thinking and taking over my peace of mind.
However, I’ve found solace in a book.
One night, flipping through my Kindle, I came across the title “The Greatest Salesman in the World.”
“I’m not much of a salesman,” I tell myself. “Selling is a useful skill. Maybe I could learn a thing or two about selling from this book.” I start reading.
It’s a tale of a masterful Salesman, Pathros wanting to pass down his wisdom to an apprentice, Hafid. Pathros gives Hafid a challenge to sell a robe in the city of Bethlehem. After four days of being constantly rejected by the tough & ruthless markets, Hafid is left dazed. In despair he asks himself:
“Why do they close their door before I have said five words? Why do they lose interest in my talk? What is this fear that seizes me when I approach a closed door?”
Pathros eventually takes on Hafid as his apprentice and hands him 10 timeless scrolls. And it’s in these scrolls that I found Love, Strength and Courage.
Here are excerpts:
The Scroll on Love:
Henceforth will I look on all things with love and I will be born again. I will love the sun for it warms my bones; yet I will love the rain for it cleanses my spirit. I will love the light for it shows me the way; yet I will love the darkness for it shows me the stars. I will welcome happiness for it enlarges my heart; yet I will endure sadness for it opens my soul. I will acknowledge rewards for they are my due; yet I will welcome obstacles for they are my challenge. I will greet this day with love in my heart. And how will I speak? I will laud mine enemies and they will become friends; I will encourage my friends and they will become brothers. Always will I dig for reasons to applaud; never will I scratch for excuses to gossip. When I am tempted to criticise I will bite on my tongue; when I am moved to praise I will shout from the roofs. Is it not so that birds, the wind, the sea and all nature speaks with the music of praise for their creator? Cannot I speak with the same music to his children? I will greet this day with love in my heart.
The Scroll on Living Each day as if it is my Last:
I will live this day as if it is my last. This day is all I have. These hours are now my eternity. I greet this sunrise with cries of joy as a prisoner who is reprieved from death. I lift my arms with thanks for this priceless gift of a new day. So too, I will beat upon my heart with gratitude as I consider all who greeted yesterday’s sunrise who are no longer with the living today. I am indeed a fortunate man and today’s hours are but a bonus, undeserved. Why have I been allowed to live this extra day when others, far better than I, have departed? Each minute of this day will I grasp with both hands and fondle with love for its value is beyond price. What dying man can purchase another breath though he willingly gives all his gold? I will avoid with fury the killers of time. Procrastination I will destroy with action; doubt I will bury under faith; fear I will dismember with confidence. The duties of today I shall fulfil today. Today I shall fondle my children while they are young; tomorrow they will be gone, and so will I. Today I shall embrace my woman with sweet kisses; tomorrow she will be gone, and so will I. Today I shall lift up a friend in need; tomorrow he will no longer cry for help, nor will I hear his cries. I will live this day as if it is my last. And if it is not, I shall fall to my knees and give thanks.
Read the book, friends. Even better, listen to it! I found the Audible version of the book read by Mark Bramhall, really impactful. In fact, it’s thanks to the audible version that I finished the book.