Roeien met de riemen die je hebt.
(= men moet werken met de middelen die men heeft)
ROWING WITH THE OARS YOU HAVE.
(= one must work with the resources one has)
Literal Translation: “Rowing with the oars you have got.”
Meaning: “Making do with the means available to you.”
Oars in the English Proverb ‘Everyone must row with the oars he has’ include his attitude, time, his access to knowledge, his physical abilities, his ability to engage others to get help him row that boat etc.
We must examine the oars more closely, be open to their potential and realise our part in recognising what those ‘oars’ are and can be.
Once we realise what it actually is that we have to row with and make the most of it, we might find we can row faster, farther and enjoy every minute!
Central Park Five
Cart before horse
A strange twist
“Everyone must row with the oars he has.”
You’re in a boat you don’t want to be in. And you’ve got some kind of oars. Some of us have nice, smooth, well engineered oars that make the trip better. Others have some old boards you found in the bottom of your leaky, creaky boat. Some of us may be on a raft with only a pole to propel us forward. So. Where you are is where you are. You might wish you were in a different boat with different oars, but you aren’t. Your life right this minute is what it is. You (like all the rest of us) have got to decide what to do now.
You can either sit in the boat complaining and sobbing and screaming. Or … you can start rowing. The whining and crying aren’t going to do any good in the end. They might bring some relief temporarily, but the fact is, you’ve got to start rowing with the oars you’ve got.
Hint: the trip will go better, and you’ll get to your destination faster if you just accept where you are and figure out where you want to end up, and get going.
Here’s a story that doesn’t involve a boat, but it does involve being in a really crappy place. It’s the story of Paul, who was in a dark, smelly, wet prison (most likely in shackles) when he wrote the words below.
Paul seems to be saying that you can learn (yes LEARN) to be content in “any and every” situation.
“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” Philippians 4:12
Earlier Paul wrote: “No dear ones, I am not all I should be but I am bringing all my energies to bear on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead …. ” Philippians 3:13a
6 feb. 2022
A five-year-old Moroccan boy who was trapped in a well for four days has died, despite painstaking efforts to rescue him.
A royal statement announced his death soon after his removal from the well.
The bid to free the boy, Rayan Oram, had gripped the country, with hundreds of people gathered at the well and thousands more following online.
The boy plunged 32m (104ft) through the well’s narrow opening. The rescue had been hampered by fears of a landslide.
Rescuers finally brought the boy out of the well on Saturday evening.
No word had been given at the time about his condition, and the apparent rescue was initially met with cheers from the crowds.
But this turned to heartbreak minutes later when the statement came announcing that Rayan had died.
10 jun. 2013
There are 219 million children involved in child labour worldwide. Approximately 60 million of these children are located in India – home to the largest number of child labourers.
Child labour is dangerous, it keeps children from getting an education and it’s harmful to their health and development.
According to Kailash Satyarthi, a child rights activist, a large majority of those being trafficked belong to “low caste.” He says that child labour is the denial of childhood, their freedom, their future, their being as human beings and denial of their dreams.
Here’s how people around the world are working to put an end to child labour:
• Improving education for children and adults
• Community development
• Improving income
• Writing letters to companies and governments about child labour
Together we can make a difference. Join us in raising our voices to tell the world no child should ever be for sale.
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– Support cereal banks that provide grain at subsidised prices
– Organise seed fairs, so that farmers can plant in the next season
– Run “cash-for-work” and “food-for-work” schemes
– Support refugees from Mali
– Distribute food to the most vulnerable
Rising above your circumstances!
A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do.
Said to mean that you will do whatever you have to do, even if it is difficult or dangerous.
Play your cards right
To say or do things in a situation in such a way that you gain as much as possible from it
Who knows? If you play your cards right, maybe he’ll marry you.
Central Park Five
Cart before horse
A strange twist
28 mrt. 2011