Thursday, September 25, 2008

Who's Along For The Ride?


We've all heard that life has it's ups and downs.
The problem with human nature is- when we heard that, we were sunbathing on a beach or watching our plasma TV, or having a beer with great friends. The reason I say 'problem' is- human nature tells us most of our counterparts want to go touch that hot element we just got warned about.
Life isn't fair? Why wasn't I listening when so and so told me about this exact problem? Because we often lack the skill, experience, or desire to step outside our current reality to learn a preventative lesson. We'd rather crash the car first, and then practice safe driving second.

This is not to say that we are all headed for an inevitable 'crash' at some point in our lives. No, even though we are all headed for more adversity in our lives, the point of this blog is not to be the doomsayer. It's more to ask, who's in the passenger seat?

Who is along with you for the journey of your life? Why does getting out of bed in the morning make sense? Who adds value to your life?

At the end of the day, we all need something to look forward to, and pillars to pick us up when we have been battered to a near pulp. When things get so tough (even in good times) we need to have someone to share the trials, tribulations, and successes, or it doesn't make any sense.

Look at the politicians up for candidacy in the US federal elections. Why do we know about their wives, children, running mates, and their families (ie Sarah Pallin)? The reason is, we don't trust them unless we see them sharing/ involving/ deflecting credit to their families. We cannot as members of a society we'd like to keep virtuous, belive in a dictator who doesn't need and give support. We want to know who's joining them on their journey and we define their 'credibility' based on seeing their soul-mates.

The same is true for all of us. It's been said that success is defined by getting up one more time than you've been knocked down. Perhaps a better way to define success, is the reasons we have to get up. Chances are, those reasons have names, not dollar signs attached to them.

Take some time to reflect on where you are headed, and who's taking you there? Who are you leading? Are you leading anyone uphill through inspirationa? Are you leading anyone downhill through a bad example or negativity? Have you led anyone inside the car crash shown, or out of that car before it crashed?

Those people, and your relationship to them, are definately worth taking some time to think about today.

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