One Potato, Two Potato

June 2, 2016

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I lived in Idaho for some years. You may recall that Idaho is famous for its potatoes. I came across a potato story with a great message.

There’s a story about a man in prison for armed robbery. His wife wrote him and asked, “When’s the best time to plant the potatoes?” He wrote back: “Whatever you do, just make sure you don’t dig in the potato patch. That’s where I hid all my guns.” Of course the authorities thoroughly examined the prisoners’ mail. Armed with this new insight, they immediately went to his home. They dug up his potato patch in their search for the missing guns. They were very surprised when they came up empty-handed. His wife sent him a follow-up letter. She explained that the whole potato patch had been dug up, but fortunately they hadn’t found a single gun. The husband replied: “The patch is ready. You can plant the potatoes now.”

Even in the hardest times, when we are stripped of resources and don’t know exactly what to do, there are always creative ways to solve our problems.

Adversity can lead to new opportunities. This is an absolute truth: “Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity an even greater one.”

We all need to make the most of what we have. Being creative when times are difficult provides us with opportunities to stretch and grow. We need to be grateful for what we have, not what we don’t have.

By: Dr. Kevin Kirk

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