by davidlermy | 2:22 pm


One of my favorite things is to watch comedians. Years ago, a good friend introduced me to late comedian Mitch Hedberg. He was known for making normal life issues, situations, or word, and putting a hilarious, witty spin on them.

Here is one of my favorites from him,

“I like an escalator because an escalator can never break, it can only become stairs. There would never be an escalator temporarily out of order sign, only – Escalator temporarily stairs. Sorry for the convenience.”

The first time I heard this I laughed till I cried. But I also had another reality form out of the humor. Truth out of comedy.

Even though the escalator may not be running, the fact that it is still a usable set stairs is true.

You can still get from point A to point B on the escalator cum stairs. Maybe with more effort, but it is possible.

It makes me wonder about many of the setbacks we face on a daily basis.

  • When something goes wrong.
  • When we don’t get our way.
  • When it seems chaos is more normal than control.
  • When our world seems to be falling apart, tearing at the seams.

Our natural first inclination is to quit. Why is that?

There are always two sides to our human nature. Only one of them is prone to quit. The other is prone to do what it takes to survive. Not just survive, but find new ways to thrive!

It all depends on how we look at the situation. We often call it attitude. But attitude actual comes out of our outlook, our view.

How we see and internalize something is how it will form into a belief and then an action, which controls our behavior.

So don’t simply give into the struggle next time adversity stares you in the face. Instead, look at the broken escalator as a set of stairs – a challenge, an opportunity – to conquer.

View your issue as something that can be turned around for your own benefit, or maybe the benefit of those around you.

New view; new you. Sounds cheesy, but it is true. “Sorry for the convenience!”

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