Over the past few months, Stuff Parents Like has been experiencing some promising growth (at least to me).
Since July, over 500 new people who have joined my email list (1200 total) and I’m getting emails every single day about Amazon, money, health, and life.
Some of the emails are awesome and filled with success stories.
However, some of the emails remind me there are still people struggling every single day. People looking for answers. People hoping their situation can turn around.
Some are having troubles with work, others with money, some with relationships, and many who just want more out of life.
Some lines from the emails I received include:
- “What happens if I fail?
- “I don’t know where to start”
- “I have kids, I can’t take risks to start a side business”
- “I’m so out of shape, does it even make sense to start exercising?”
- “I’m scared”
- “We have no savings, I’m overweight, and hate my job…”
I completely understand these statements…I’ve been there!
Just a few years ago (2010) after our son died, I was deep in debt ($20k+), overweight, and hated my job. I was miserable and felt sorry for myself.
At the time, I never thought I would climb out of the bottomless pit I created. I felt stuck.
Then I realized I had a choice and started taking massive action. When I started taking action, everything started to slowly fall into place.
Reading these emails and reflecting on my situation reminded me of a great story I once read titled the “Tale of Two Pebbles.”
It is a story about being stuck. Feeling like there is no way out. It is a story about making the best of any every situation.
The Tale of Two Pebbles
Many years ago in a small Indian village, a farmer had the misfortune of owing a large sum of money to a village moneylender.
The moneylender, who was old and ugly, was smitten by the farmer’s beautiful daughter. So he proposed a bargain.
He said he would forgo the farmer’s debt if he could marry his daughter.
Both the farmer and his daughter were horrified by the proposal. So the cunning moneylender suggested that they let providence decide the matter.
He told them that he would put a black pebble and a white pebble into an empty money bag. Then the girl would have to pick one pebble from the bag.
If she picked the black pebble, she would become his wife and her father’s debt would be forgiven.
If she picked the white pebble, she need not marry him and her father’s debt would still be forgiven.
If she refused to pick a pebble, her father would be thrown into jail.
They were standing on a pebble strewn path in the farmer’s field. As they talked, the moneylender bent over to pick up two pebbles.
As he picked them up, the sharp-eyed girl noticed that he had picked up two black pebbles and put them into the bag. He then asked the girl to pick a pebble from the bag.
What could she do? Expose the cheat? Sacrifice herself? Or let her father go to jail?
This is a situation that would make many of us feel trapped.
The girl put her hand into the moneybag and drew out a pebble. Without looking at it, she fumbled and let it fall onto the pebble-strewn path where it immediately became lost among all the other pebbles.
‘Oh, how clumsy of me,’ she said. ‘But never mind. If you look into the bag for the one that is left, you will be able to tell which pebble I picked.’
Since the remaining pebble is black, it must be assumed that she had picked the white one. And since the moneylender dared not admit his dishonesty, the girl changed what seemed an impossible situation into an extremely advantageous one.
If you are in a situation where you feel stuck, remember there is always a way out. You just need to take action and make things happen.
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