Isn't it amazing how few of us ask ourselves the important question? Several years ago I was invited to hear an important speaker address the student body of a small college in South Carolina. The auditorium was filled with students excited about the opportunity to hear a person of her stature speak. After the governor gave the introduction, the speaker moved to the microphone, looked at the audience from left to right, and began : "I was born to a mother who was deaf and could not speak. I do not know who my father is or was. The first job I ever had was in a cotton field". The audience was spellbound. "Nothing has to remain the way it is if that's not the way a person wants it to be", she continued. "It isn't luck, and it isn't circumstances, and it isn't born a certain way that causes a person's future to become what it becomes". And she softly repeated, "Nothing has to remain the way it is if that's not the way a person wants it to be. All a person has to do", she added in a firm voice, "to change a situation that brings unhappiness or dissatisfaction is answer the question : 'How do I want this situation to become?' Then the person must commit totally to personal actions that carry them there". Then a beautiful smile shone forth as she said, "My name is Azie Taylor Morton, I stand before you today as Treasurer of the United States of America".
Bob Moore - extracted from "Chicken Soup Series, Jack Canfield & Mark Victor Hansen, Health Communications Inc., 1995