Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal, July 2, 2001

Things often get worse before they get better


There is a saying, that things get worse before they get better.

I usually associate this saying with unpacking boxes after moving.

When the boxes are just piled up, they are rather neat, but once you start unpacking, you end up with piles of stuff everywhere, just waiting to be put away.

The start of road construction on McLeod County Road 1 is another thing which is already worse, and won't get better for months.

The blacktop surface has been removed, cars are detoured around the work area, and the dust flies as you drive over the gravel surface.

The road is basically a mess, and will be for some time. When the pavement was removed, I was surprised at the depth the blacktop had been.

The gravel surface appears to be about seven inches lower than where the road was.

This saying of getting worse, before getting better, can also be applied to everyday life.

Just like the surprising depth of the blacktop, until we face an uphill battle, we often don't know the depth of our character.

I've been at the Journal for seven months, and I've been through some trying times. It's been a slow, and often frustrating process, getting accustomed to all of my new duties. Now it is better. (I've thankful for the patience that's been demonstrated by my coworkers).

The key is to realize that there will be less mess, less struggle, and one day, things will be better.

It is during the trying times that I've experienced the most personal growth. Depth of character is brought to light when we are tired, under a lot of stress, and our lives are messy.

If we show persistence, a bit of stubbornness, and self-discipline, we will make it through the tough spots.

When I think of the messed up gravel road, I'm going to try to think about how, just like the road, we are under construction.

We are being shaped and molded, from our experiences of today, to handle the life before us.

The construction process is long and messy, but it shapes us into the person we are meant to be.

That brings to mind another saying: what doesn't kill us makes us stronger. That's another column.

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