Little Laura Ingalls had reached the end of her endurance. That Friday night, after dutifully washing the dishes, she brought her books to the table and opened her history book. Then it happened. Emotion suddenly ebullient, she rose, pushed her chair from the table, “slammed” her book shut and threw it on the table. Fairly screaming, she announced she didn’t care any more, she didn’t want to study, or learn or teach school…she wanted to leave, to play, to go West….
Surprisingly, while both parents sat shocked, her father responded more leniently. Taking her clue from him, her mother offered consolation, not rebuke. They had never seen their studious, obedient daughter reduced to near-sobbing hysteria.
Fortunately for her, the other daughters, and many in the town, her father initiated a weekly Literary Society. That change gave Laura a new patience for the ongoing drudgery of pioneer life. Little Town on the Prairie, 211-212
Change is sometimes needed: to break the spell of apparent doom in life, to open new possibilities, to reveal new hope. The weekly literary society surfaced it for Laura. Moving to a different locale does it for others. Removing one’s self mentally from daily effort until a renewed vision appears does it for still others.
The last change is the most challenging. For, when life or career leaves us in the same location, doing the same work; when it’s our inescapable duty; when we have no alternative; when it’s all we want to do with our life, the only way to escape the drudgery and despair of repetition without result is to change our ATTITUDE! Same task, new approach!
While the hardest person to conquer is self, circumstances can be equally formidable. Only persistent, dogged, resilient faith in our GOOD GOD inspires the change in attitude that recruits renewed energy in his work.