What Are You Waiting For?
by Joe Bonura, CSP
Can You Hear Me Now?
In 1820, Ludwig Van Beethoven wrote some of his most memorable
music -- what many call his greatest works. They include the last
five piano sonatas and the Ninth Symphony. I just listened to a
1952 recording of Arturo Toscanini conducting the Ninth Symphony
with the NBC Symphony Orchestra, and I would agree that it is one
of Ludwigs finest. Do you know that he was almost totally
deaf when he wrote the Ninth Symphony? In 1800, he learned that
he was going deaf. How would you feel, knowing that your passion
is composing music, and you discover that you will lose your sense
The Best Was Yet To Come
Would you give up? If he had given up out of self pity or lack
of confidence, Beethoven would have cheated us out of some of his
best music. Thankfully, he continued to compose music that continues
to delight audiences into the twenty-first century. I have often
wondered, if he were living today, how he would react to a huge,
modern orchestra playing his Ninth Symphony, but then, I believe
he may have heard it even grander in the theater of his mind.
Reach For The Stars
If Beethoven could write such fantastic music when he was going
deaf, what is holding you back from reaching for the stars -- from
using your God-given talents to enrich yourself and others? Many
of the greatest success stories come from some of the most challenged
The Little Red Schoolhouse
I was in the second grade when I read a short story about Glenn
Cunningham. It was a cold winter morning in Elkhart, Kansas, when
Glenn Cunningham and his brother Floyd went to the little red school
house to light the pot-bellied stove to get the room warm and cozy
for the students. The stove exploded, killed Floyd, and severely
burned Glenns legs and destroyed the toes on his left foot.
Run, Glenn, Run
When he overheard the doctor discuss with his mom the possibility
of amputation, Glenn pleaded with them, so the doctor reluctantly
said that he would re-evaluate in a week. Fortunately for Glenn,
his legs improved enough for him to keep them. In order to regain
his strength, Glenn began to run every day as soon as he was able.
In the 1936 Olympics, Glenn Cunningham won the Silver Medal for
the United States in the 1500 meter final. His favorite Bible verse
was Isaiah 40:31, But those who hope in the Lord will renew
their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run
and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
What if Glenn had given up? The USA may not have received the Silver
Medal in 1936, and Glenn and his wife Ruth may not have opened the
Glenn Cunningham Youth Ranch where they raised over 10,000 foster
children. Glenn gladly used his fame to help others.
A Simple Choice
What is keeping you from making your own music? What needs to change
to run your race? Maybe it is just a simple choice. You can choose
to change anything you want in life; it all begins with a decision.
Just as Beethoven and Cunningham decided to continue their quests,
in spite of their difficulties, you can choose to live in self pity
and failure, or you can choose to move forward. There is no standing
still; you are either moving forward or going backward.
Take Control And Win
Are your problems larger than Beethovens or Cunninghams?
If so, look to those who have gone before you for inspiration. And
if they are not, what are you waiting for?
© 2010 Joe Bonura & Associates, Inc.