“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.
What are the three most magical words? Yes, our ears have enjoyed hearing, “I love you.” Yet, how many times in your experience has that been proven to be a lie? These three words will protect your heart: Prove All Things.
In fact, these three words can easily be remembered by the comfort they offer. Similar to a HUG (Hope Understanding Gratitude), the benefit of an effort to PAT (Prove All Things) is a soothing massage for our souls.
Think of your favorite hero — a coach, teacher, or mentor. They were strong of belief and quick to change, when proven wrong. Their rock-solid foundation provided the flexibility to entertain differing views on any topic.
Every great Movie — and I believe Story of life — has one pivotal point in time. When, the Hero has reached the limit to what is humanly possible and faces the moment of Truth.
Will they give up? Or will they open themselves to the Unknown of discovery to achieve beyond their wildest imaginations?
Maybe, you’ve lived up to that moment, made a purposeful chosen effort to accept the Unknown, and have experienced the transformation of your heart and spirit. If so, you could finish this presentation, and your Story would harmonize with the one I’ll share.
Early in the bull riding Crusade of my son, Ryan, he made the comment, “Dad, it’s really pretty simple. You just stay in the middle of ’em and ride ’em jump for jump.”
At the time, we were sitting in a Truck Stop across the Interstate from the Horse Palace, where Ryan was waiting for his turn to ride. I was sipping on my coffee and Ryan was stirring his hot chocolate.
The cafe was noisy from the farmer and trucker banter, and distractions were constant because of the shenanigans from the waitresses and busboys. I didn’t hear exactly what Ryan had said. So, I asked him to repeat it.
“Dad, you stay in the middle of ’em and ride ’em jump for jump.”
Yep, from the mouths of babes, or in this case a high school student at the time, comes the secret to life.
“I am amused that you continue to ask for me to explain — what is not and never was.”
That was my response to an attorney, who wanted me to explain the unexplainable. He had taken a course of action, which transformed the simple into the complex. In fact, the potential exists that he has endangered a Family by encouraging them to, unintentionally, break the law.
How often do we fall into the trap of letting our thoughts and energies be consumed by the not of what is?
What would you do if someone screamed, “You’re a Dumb F#cker!” And, then went on to yell, “I have no respect for you!”
Yes, I know, that paragraph is missing the “?” at the end. Yet, the experience for me was more about the “!” — or, in other words, the exclamation of ignorance and arrogance.
Thankfully for both of us the proclamation in the first paragraph, above, was made in a phone conversation. Otherwise, I might have been tempted to persuade him to respect his elders. Although, I do have to say, this guy is Number 1 in my book. In 35+ years of serving the public as a CPA, I had never heard those words. First time for everything, I guess.
If one is an incident, two is a coincidence, and three is a pattern, then I have a Story to share with YOU.
Imagine your favorite action movie. The ground is crumbling behind our heroes and heroines as they run toward the only escape available to them. Our heart is in our throat, as we encourage them to go, quickly, forward.
Life is like that. There is no standing still. There is no going back. The only direction to safety is forward.