Building a Treasure Chest

Building a Treasure Chest

Building a Treasure Chest

I find inspiration, humor, and solace in quotes from smart people. Here is one I read this weekend that will stick with me.

“Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying 'I will try again tomorrow.'" —Mary Anne Radmacher

Of course, this applies to all of us. It isn’t all that impressive to try something once. It is much more remarkable to try something, fail, and try again. I have tried several of my mom’s recipes, multiple times, and I am still trying. I remember a couple spectacular failures as I was learning to do public speaking. Trust me, it took much more courage to stand up after really blowing it, than it had for the first go-around.

When you or I fail, or hit a rough patch, most of us have an “internal treasure chest” filled with times when we did succeed. Or maybe it holds “attaboy” or “attagirl” comments from those who love you. Maybe, tucked in the corners are times when you were lifted up by a smile or a hug. Maybe your favorite aunt put something in there when she told you, “I just think you’re the best!” When we hit a wall, or blow a speech, we can open the treasure chest, look at something inside, and find something that gives us evidence of our potential, and then say, “I will try again tomorrow.”

Now, think about the courage of the children at Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch.

When they struggle, their treasure chest, if they even have one, is empty. Most have never had the support of an encourager. Most have been told they are worthless, stupid, unlovable, a horrible inconvenience—at best. All the things that have gone wrong in their lives are because they are not good enough.

Yet, they find the courage to “try again tomorrow.” It is through sheer grit that they work to heal.

While they do that work, it is our job at Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, to help them build a treasure chest and begin to fill it. I will never forget asking one of our 13-year-old Ranch girls, “So, how was the first day day of school?” She looked at me and quickly said, “Joy, Mr. Kuebler told me TWICE today that I was doing good. I have never had anyone tell me I was doing good, and for sure not two times!”

I am pretty certain, on that day, Mr. Kuebler began constructing her treasure chest.

Please keep our kids and staff in your prayers.

In His love,

Joy Ryan, President/CEO
Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch

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