I remember a few summers ago going through a mini-rainy season. Where I was living at the time was not supposed to have rainy seasons in the summer. Summer was a time for sun and fun. But not during that week of overcast skies and pelting rain.
After about three days, I had had enough, I had to get out of the house. I grabbed my umbrella and headed out the door to take a walk.
As I was walking along, dodging puddles and raindrops, I walked by a neighbor’s house and saw a strange sight. On the front lawn (which was lush and beautifully green by the way) the owner had set up portable sprinklers and they were going wide-open in the middle of a rainstorm.
I got a good laugh at that one.
But as I continued my walk, I couldn’t get that neighbor’s commitment out of my mind. I had spoken to him many times on previous walks. He was a committed gardener. He took pride in his yard. He was all in. And at that particular time, he had planted his winter grass and wasn’t counting on a free watering.
Free, chance, hope, none of these were in his equation. He was willing to pay, to pay the price, whether it rained or not, to have a beautiful lawn.
There is lesson there for us.
The ONE THING for today: Many people are happy to have things if it comes with little effort and low cost; but the truly great ones are willing to pay the price day in and day out, rain or shine.