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|Take charge of your own desires|
Are you satisfied with your station in life? Are you where you want to be? Let me share a story with you that may illustrate the best way to achieve some of your goals and dreams for life.
This narrative takes place on Christmas Day for several years in a row. Little George Payne had wished for a bicycle for Christmas. His father had been out of work for quite a while, but his father's run of bad luck should not affect Santa Claus' pocket book. For he was Santa Claus. If little George was ever going to get a bicycle, it would be on Christmas Day.
He had been so anxious for this day because he would get to ride his bicycle with all the other kids who had received bicycles for Christmas.
On Christmas morning, little George came running down the stairs into the living room. But there was no bicycle under the tree. There were only apples and oranges. Oh, he was so disappointed. He went running outside to see what the other kids got for Christmas. There were a lot of new bicycles in the neighborhood. He was disheartened by what he witnessed, but he made a decision to be optimistic and begin immediately hoping that he could get a bicycle for next Christmas.
As next year's Christmas approached, George was again anxious for Christmas Day to arrive. He got up a little earlier this year. He went running down the stairs to see that brand new bicycle standing by the Christmas tree. And again, all he could see were apples and oranges. He looked at that sack of apples and oranges for only a second. He went running out the front door to see what the other kids had received for Christmas. Again, he saw a lot of new bicycles.
George was a little confused, but instead of dwelling on his frustration, he immediately started visualizing a new bicycle for next Christmas. He did not know why he did not get a bicycle for Christmas, but he was determined to remain positive. Santa Claus would certainly bring him a bicycle next year. Confused by the sight of his seeing the other kids with bicycles on Christmas Day, he would wish — ever so strongly — for a bicycle for next Christmas.
On Christmas morning the following year, George came running down the stairs faster than he had ever come down those stairs. When he turned the corner into the living room, there they were. Apples and oranges. George stopped in his tracks, stared for a second at the bag of apples and oranges and said, "OK, Santa Claus, if that is the way you want to play."
From that Christmas forth George Payne chose not to depend upon Santa Claus any more. If he wanted nice things, he was going to have to put himself in a position where he could buy what he wanted. Sometimes life is exactly the same way as George's Christmas days. We wait and wait for something to happen. We wait for our luck to change. We wait for a big break. We wait to be recognized. We wait for better times. We wait for the money to arrive.
One man who chose his destiny was Paul Teutul Sr. Everyone in Paul Teutul's life thought he would be a failure. Paul never complained or whined about his horrific upbringing. His environment during his growing years was a catastrophe. He battled alcoholism and drug addiction for over 20 years, ever since he was 15 years old. At 35 years of age, Paul Teutul Sr. chose to break free from his demons.
Paul Teutul Sr. founded the Orange County Choppers. He had traded his apples and oranges for the bicycles of his choice.
Robert Charles Payne is an inspirational writer who lives in West Monroe. He can be contacted by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.