Thursday, September 18, 2003


When problems overwhelm us and sadness smothers us,
Where do we find the will and the courage to continue?
Well, the answer may come in the caring voice of a friend,
A chance encounter with a book, or from a personal faith.
For Janet, help came from her faith, but it also came from a squirrel.
Shortly after her divorce, Janet lost her father.
Then she lost her job. She had mounting money problems.
But Janet not only survived, she worked her way out of despondency
And now she says life is good again.
How could this happen?
She told me that late one autumn day
While she was at her lowest
She watched a squirrel storing up nuts for the winter.
One at a time, he woudl take them to the nest.
And she thought "If that squirrel can take care of himself
With the harsh winter coming on, so can I.
Once I lumped my problems into small pieces,
I was able to carry them, just like those acorns.
One at a time.
Be like the squirrel, girl.