A note from SRAPPA President Paul Wuebold
Part of the Problem or Part of the Solution
Life throws challenges at us every day. Family, finances, work and relationships are issues we most frequently deal with. Each of these challenges also offer opportunities. Accurate facts, positive attitudes and smart decisions put us in positions to succeed where rumor or gossip, negative attitudes and poor decisions will ultimately cause failure. Succeeding takes a little work with huge rewards. Failure requires no work or effort. These outcomes not only affect the individual but those around them. As they say, a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Making sure each “link” is as strong as it can be is an expectation and not a hope. This requires care, attention, and occasional reinforcement. Everyone has the responsibility of improving their situation. If things can be improved/fixed, first identify what is wrong and then assess what impact you have on the outcome. Some things will obviously be easy to fix than others but the reward will be greater. It reminds me of an expression my old boss used to say . . . . “It seems that the harder I try, the luckier I get”. The reality of that comment is that taking positive action towards your own improvement will place you in positions of success more often than not. Luck may be involved to some degree, but it is the choices we make that really determines the outcome . . . . . so we all need to ask ourselves . . . . are we part of the solution or the problem?