Be about the business of making YOU better at what you’re good at. Hone your skills and get better and better at what you want to be or do. Consistently improve yourself. In doing so you’re lining up, figuratively, those first 2 cherries. Don’t concern yourself with the 3rd one. That’s God’s department, not yours.
The first two cherries are your skillsets and hard efforts. They are your sense of value that you bring to the market. And the third? That one represents all that talent and effort striking the right time and place for the big pay off!
This concept works in every crevice of your life, from finding employment to finding a mate. From launching your new career to parenting those rugrats.
Seneca, a Roman philosopher, once said that Luck Is What Happens When Preparation Meets Opportunity. Well said Seneca. Let’s go with this one: Luck is what inevitably happens when you’ve put in the work lining up your first 2 cherries. In other words, God does His part after I’ve done mine.
You create your own destiny. As a man of faith, I believe that my God has a strong hand (the upper hand) in the matter. In my experience, I’ve witnessed time and time again that, whenever I’m about the business of tending to those first two cherries, when I’m actively bettering myself at whatever field I’m in, God always follows up with the icing on the cake, that third cherry.
The good news is that, when you let go of the outcome, when you stop concerning yourself with that 3rd cherry, then you’ll enjoy the freedom from worry and doubt. And that frees you up to pour your talents and energy into what you have power over…yourself.
The Serenity Prayer:
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
The Cherry Prayer:
God grant me the peace to accept whatever the third column brings me, the courage to create the first two columns, and the wisdom to remember which cotton-pickin’ column I’m in…mine or Yours.