Wednesday: Right Now

“Staying With It”

by Dr. Larry Morris

Einstein was once completing a research project with his assistant.  They needed a paper to fasten together the project papers.  Looking all over the lab, they finally discovered a damaged paper clip, which Einstein began to repair.  After awhile, the assistant found a brand-new box of paper clips, but Einstein kept working on the damaged clip until it could be used to fasten the papers.  The assistant asked him, “Why didn’t you just use one of the new clips?”  Einstein replied, “When my mind is focused on a problem, I can’t quit until it is solved.”

Often when we are faced with a problem in our job or family or relationships, we are tempted to quit rather than seeing the problem through to a solution.  I once had an old Ford that I bought for $50.00.  I drove it for several years until it developed a fuel pump problem.  I decided the car wouldn’t last much longer anyway, so I gave it to a friend who drove it to California.  My friend got the fuel pump fixed and drove that car without any more problems for another seven years.  Don’t quit; your solution may be at hand now.



A supermarket is a giant warehouse of need fulfillments. Some supermarkets are open 24 hours a day ready to meet almost any conceivable need we might have. If at 3:00 in the morning we suddenly need a box of candy or a frozen pizza or some toothpaste or cat food, we can jump in our car and find a friendly place to fill our order. Even as great and commodious as these superstores are, they don't always have the exact item we need. When we can't find what we want in the store we are in, we can complain, grumble, argue and fuss or we can go to another store. We can almost always find the right store to fulfill our need. So with our life. The universe is a vast spiritual supermarket—rather than complaining that where we are spiritually isn't fulfilling—open our hearts to receive and let's know that all our needs can be fulfilled.



There's an old Eastern saying, the man pulling radishes pointed the way with a radish—meaning that when we are not sure about our direction, we can ask for guidance and help from within the midst of the situation we are in. Within every problem lies the seeds of its solution. Sometimes we just have to stop and look within ourselves for the right direction or solution to our situation. Maybe we are looking too much to others who are not a part of the immediacy of our situation to come up with a solution for us. We may need to use the tools and resources that are uniquely available to us to come up with our solution. The man pulling the radishes had to use a radish to point the way because this is what was immediately present and available to him. Don't hope for peaches to point your way home if a cucumber is your way-shower.