Posted by: Don Linnen | 31 October 2013


We’ve all been there. Sometimes you stroll out of your happy home and walk into a perfect storm at work.

Sometimes it’s self inflicted. You feel really good on an easy 25 mile bike ride. So good that you decide to add a few hills then chase the guy who doesn’t look that fast.

By the end of the day your body, mind, and psyche are whipped. You resolve to never again get pounded.

If you keep that resolution, it’s a big mistake. Big, big mistake.

“Around the turn of the twentieth century, a bar of steel was worth about $5. Yet when forged into horseshoes, it was worth $10; when made into needles, its value was $350; when used to make small pocketknife blades, its worth was $32,000; when made into springs for watches, its value increased to $250,000. What a pounding that steel bar had to endure to be worth this much! But the more it was shaped, hammered, put through the fire, beaten, pounded, and polished, the greater its value.”

Lettie Burd Cowan wrote that in the early 1920’s. It’s a timeless truth.

See more of her wisdom in Streams in the Desert, October 24.

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