“Above all else, protect your heart,” encourages an old Proverb.
How important is that singular phrase? Simply: a matter of life and death.
Do we ever pause to THINK? “No one cares as much about my life as I do.”
Generally, the answer is, “No.” Because, we are beset with the societal propaganda encouraging a Rich and Famous lifestyle. In other words, the focus is on obtaining individual worth from the lives of others.
There is a simple solution to the Many wanting what One has. What is bass ackwards can be fixed by adopting the Universal Principle of One To Many.
Of all the responsibilities a parent has, probably the most important is how we “bend the twig” of our children. My parents understood the value of an education. So, at an early age, I have memories of Books.
Big books, little books, books with pictures, and those without. As a little guy I remember sitting next to Mom as she read my favorite stories. There was one about Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel.
More often, though, I asked to hear about the Little Red Hen. For some reason, I was intrigued by how a request for help could be denied by others in the community of the barnyard.
Many years later, I came to understand how anyone pursuing Success can make false friends and true enemies. Since that Universal Principle is table stakes in the game of life, let’s look at the lessons taught by Little Red Hen.
Having just returned from the QuickBooks Connect technology conference in San Jose, CA, I am more mindful of possibilities.
As a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), I was trained in probabilities — however, life is best encountered and enjoyed in the realm of possibilities.
At any conference, many times we learn as much outside the formal sessions as we do sitting in them. A presenter’s opinion is relevant to a specific topic — yet, the surprises usually come at the lunch table.
For our physical nourishment, yes, the provisions were spectacular. Even better were the conversations, which offered food for thought — to stimulate mind, heart, and soul.
I must confess my sin. For more than thirty-five years, as a CPA very good at what I do, I assisted in building little empires.
Having grown up poor, the intent was pure. I wanted those for whom I served to have the best that money can buy. Although, I discovered my Grandpa Foard was right, “Too much money will make people go crazy.”
There is never enough money. The more stuff people accumulate — the more unhappy they become. Which then fuels the fire for them chasing after even more of what is making them miserable.
Think about the person you most admire. Why do you admire them?
Isn’t it because they are calm, cool, and collected? Nothing seems to bother them. They are like a Rock — waters part and go around them. Regardless of the craziness swirling around the situation, they focus like a Laser on the points of meaning.
And — the point on which our heroes focus — “Play the cards you’re dealt.”