While browsing sometime ago, a saying from one our nation’s wealthiest men leaped off the page. I was stunned by the statement, and I chewed on it for a month or more. The more I ruminated on the truth, the more I became convinced that you, too, would see the gems it contains.
“You never know who’s swimming naked until the tide goes out!” Warren Buffet.
We may safely think that the Omaha wizard means, you don’t know who’s genuine when things are going great. When the tide of the economy begins to recede, the Great Pretenders, the members of the largest tribe in our nation, The Wannabees, are revealed for what they are at their core.
The truth is, every endeavor has people that are along for the ride, the excitement until the tide turns. And then, “see you later!”
An old story has it; A wealthy man lost it all. As his arm candy sat on his lap comforting him she said; “Harry I will always love you, I will miss you, but I will love you.” The tide went out, and so did the arm candy.
You shouldn’t spend much time wondering if your friends are genuine. A receding tide, which will come, will reveal the ones who are not fitted for you as a friend. Receding tides are a good thing over the long haul.
During a radio interview, the host asked the British Historian, Arnold Toynbee;
“What is the most interesting thing you have learned in your studies of history?” Toynbee responded;
“In my study of history, I have noted that when times become the darkest, the Stars come out!”
In one of Israel’s darkest times, while captives in Persia, a young Star by the name of Esther shined so brightly that her action spared her nation genocide! She was in the kingdom to shine in that night.
All of us are here in this time and the dark times, as well as the ebb and flow of the tides, will reveal the genuine from the pretenders.
Copyright © 2018 Larry Lilly
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