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How Do You Deal With Adversity

Thu, 10 Jun 2010 01:04:00 +0000

"We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival."
~ Winston Churchill

I remember reading some time ago about a study of longevity in humans. There has been a large body of scientific research into the reasons why some people are long-lived but of course while various diets, health regimes, and regional or ethnic differences are often linked to living long it is a very difficult cause and effect relationship to determine because there are so many other variables involved. However the study I remember didn't spend as much time on health and diet as many others. The researchers spent time observing and interviewing a number of people who are living long lives to determine what common factors these very diverse people shared.

Do you know what the single largest factor they all shared -- the trait that the researchers determined played the largest role in their long lives? It wasn't a specific food or faith or daily activity. It was simply the way these folks dealt with adversity.

The ways that these folks dealt with adversity did vary. Some had great religious faith, others had an unquenchable zest for life, and others had a great determination that they could and would overcome and difficulty.

If you think about it then this does seem to make sense. After all, the longer you live then the more adversity you must overcome. Human life is fraught with adversity -- both physical and emotional -- although each person's experience varies greatly. In order to survive adversity, to overcome loss and difficulty, and to succeed in life a person must have inner resources to draw from.

As Oliver Wendell Holmes says: "If I had a formula for bypassing trouble, I would not pass it round. Trouble creates a capacity to handle it. I don't embrace trouble; that's as bad as treating it as an enemy. But I do say meet it as a friend, for you'll see a lot of it and had better be on speaking terms with it."

Most of us have seen the evidence of this even if we have never formulated a scientific theory about it. We have seen the cancer patient diagnosed and then does not even live out the time doctors predicted. We have seen the heart patient diagnosed who far outlives expectations -- by months and then years. What makes the difference between these two groups of people? I believe it has to be a will to live, some inner resource, that one group possesses and the other does not.

A few weeks ago my Uncle Carl's left hand was amputated after being injured in an accident with a log splitter. It was devastating to those who love him and certainly no one would have blamed him for becoming depressed and grieving.

But Carl hasn't chosen that path. Instead he is focused on what he can do, not on what he can't. And if he discovers something that he can't do one-handed then he puts his considerable problem-solving abilities to work on a solution. He isn't simply reacting to a tragic accident but proactively seeking solutions.

He is not a saint. He complains about the pain and discomfort of the healing process and is sometimes frustrated by the trial-and-error process of his problem-solving, but he is not wasting time feeling sorry for himself. He knows he has been given many gifts and those gifts include the ability to solve problems and overcome adversity.

I can only hope when my time comes to face adversity that I can meet it with as much energy, determination, and confidence.

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What To Look For When Buying A Log Splitter

Thu, 10 Jun 2010 01:03:00 +0000

Ready to fill that firewood rack? You could go out there with the mallet and wedge and split those logs by hand. After all, doesn’t the old saying about cutting your own fire wood warming you twice ring true? If you would rather be warmed by burning the wood instead of the exertion of cutting it, then a log splitter is a tool that should be at the top of your list.

How Many Tons?

Ton size is a question that is two fold. Log splitters are measured in ton capacity. A professional grade splitter is at least 20 tons, and those for home and personal use generally are in the 2-5 ton range. This also determines the horsepower of the engine. A much stronger engine is needed in order to not burn out after hundreds of logs.

The first question then to address is will your log splitter be used for personal firewood consumption or furniture making, or are you splitting logs for commercial building or firewood sales. That will determine the horsepower and ton size you need.

What Else Can I Do With A Log Splitter?

A log splitter makes the job of splitting firewood easier. That’s quite obvious. But log splitters have more uses than just getting firewood ready.

Forestry suppliers for example will use the log splitter as the first step into making wood planking or even getting logs ready for paper making. This kind of logging equipment can be used right at the forest site to manage trees for transport and prepare the wood for specific end uses. Following log splitter plans, this on site step is an important time saver – which translates into monetary savings, of course.

So other than stocking your firewood rack, a hydraulic log splitter can become an important log furniture tool. There is a high demand for the rustic look of “cabin” furnishings and back-to-nature décor.

Log splitters, even a used log splitter can range in price from a few hundred dollars to several thousands of dollars. So the next determination is how valuable is your time? If you can split 10 logs an hour the old fashioned way and your time at your “day job” is paid at a rate of $50 per hour, you have just “hired” yourself a very well paid log splitter! On the other hand, a hydraulic log splitter in the 4 ton range is capable of splitting ten times the number of logs per hour. Now that’s what I’d call “cheap help!”

Then there is the issue of safety. The self lubricating and maintaining capabilities of these log splitters keep them operating safely. An axe needs regular sharpening as it can get dull hitting the dirt, or get dangerously close to hitting legs!

What it all comes down to it that safety, time, and convenience are all worth more than a stoic attempt to warm yourself the old fashioned way. Even the average homeowner who lights a fire in the fireplace for aesthetics more than heat, will benefit from quickly stocking the wood pile using a gas powered hydraulic log splitter.

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