Chris Stevens of New Richmond, Wisconsin, grew a pumpkin that weighed 1,810 ½ pounds last year, breaking the previous world record, and showcasing it at the Stillwater Harvest Fest, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, 10-2-11. Stevens grows six behemoth pumpkins each year in the hope of growing the largest pumpkin ever and is relatively new to the world of giant pumpkins. He started growing giant pumpkins only five years ago, after visiting a giant-gourd enthusiast friend.
In “The Best Advice I Ever Got Lessons from Extraordinary Lives”a book by Katie Couric, there is a short piece by Fareed Zakaria, international affairs journalist and best selling author. He stated that America is a “can do” country; we are the land of opportunity. Imagine making a name for one self growing only six pumpkins a year, nurturing them, and trying to grow the largest pumpkin ever.
This pumpkin story, combined with Fareed Zakaria’s article, reminded me that whatever one’s calling happens to be, when it is done passionately, can make a difference in our world. Through our life purpose, our soul grows and this purpose can be anything we imagine and find passion in.
Sometimes one works long and hard before there is any financial compensation; sometimes there is never any monetary compensation, yet there is a strong push to create, work, plod on and accomplish.
We, in America have opportunity. We are not tied into a caste system, or any system that would deprive us of attempting to achieve our desires. However, it is not necessarily the fruition of our goal that is most important, but rather the path we journey, that elucidates our soul’s lessons and from which we grow. The success or failure of our venture is part of our journey, part of our discovery. How we learn and what we gain is often overshadowed by the success or failure of our work, but it is the learning along the way that is actually what shapes our character and molds our life.
When we step back and look at the times we poured our self into our work or venture, whatever that may be, without focusing on the ultimate success or failure, but rather looking at the process, we may be able to see the path of how our character has emerged, defining our life. Thus our journey, not necessarily our destination, may help us learn our soul lessons and shape our soul growth.
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