A high school student learned a valuable lesson as he took his college entrance exam recently. The night before the exam, he read the instructions he had received. He noted the time of the exam, sharpened his pencils and put his calculator in his backpack. He thought he was ready for the exam.
The next morning, as the test began, the instructor invited the students to use their calculators. The student pushed the power button, but the screen remained blank. He tried again; again nothing changed. He realized the batteries were dead and he would have to do the math section the old fashioned way. With paper and pencil!
He learned a valuable lesson that day that had nothing to do with math. He learned about the value of preparation. He assumed he was prepared, but when the critical moment came, he faced a problem he had not anticipated. He learned that sometimes being prepared means foreseeing the unseen.
We all have probably experienced similar circumstances. This same experience happened to me when I went camping only to discover my flashlight batteries were dead. It is not only tragedies that require our preparation, but sometimes when opportunities arise, we find our lack of preparation may have closed doors or limited our future.
How do we prepare? By focusing on things of greatest worth! By placing more value in people than things. By taking care of our emotional and physical well-being. By doing so will bolster our ability to work through challenges and seize opportunities.
Now is the time to think carefully about our future and to create our best life. Now is the time to prepare.