Today I wanted to tell you about the “Wheel of Life.” Perhaps some of you have heard of it in one form or another, but I know many of you likely have not. It is essentially a lesson on hope, courage and promise.
I have been diving into the book The Law of Success by Napoleon Hill for a few months now…yes, it is taking me awhile. A 700-page book that is more of a course on life than it is a book to read for pleasure or even general self-help.
And the following quotation by Croesus, adviser to Cyrus, the king of the Persians lends insight into this wheel:
“I am reminded, O king, and take this lesson to heart, that there is a wheel on which the affairs of men revolve and its mechanism is such that it prevents any man from being always fortunate.”
As Hill contends, we all have “off” days. Think about your own “off” days. They likely aren’t every single day. The “off” days are those where everything seems to go wrong. Hill says it best when he writes, “these are the days when we see only the FLAT side of the great Wheel of Life.”
But the truth lies in the fact that the wheel is always turning. The wheel may bring us suffering and despair today, but it will surely bring us joy tomorrow, or maybe even a day after that.
If you look at your life and the lives of others, you would be hard pressed not to recognize the fact that life is in fact a cycle of varying events — both “fortunes and misfortunes.”
Hill goes on to offer, “We cannot stop this wheel of fate from turning, but we can modify the misfortune it brings us by remembering that good fortune will follow, just as surely as night follows day, if we but keep faith with ourselves and earnestly and honestly do our best.”
And here in lies the fact that the PROCESS, which by my definition explains all parts of our lives and the daily ebb and flow that occurs, keeps on churning, for better or worse and it brings with it the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. The Wheel of Life keeps rolling through the rain, sleet, and snow. Only you can stop it!
What will you do?