The Phrase That Pays

JD – Life is uphill.
KJ – There is no path, the path is made by walking.
JS – Ghetto…
JW* – Men are afraid to rock the boat in which they hope to drift safely through life’s currents, when, actually, the boat is stuck on a sandbar. They would be better off to rock the boat and try to shake it loose. – Thomas Szasz
JM* – Pick the day. Enjoy it – to the hilt. The day as it comes. People as they come… The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present – and I don’t want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future. Audrey Hepburn
EB – Great teams do not hold back with one another. They are unafraid to air their dirty laundry. They admit their mistakes, their weaknesses, and their concerns without fear of reprisal. Patrick Lencioni

The quote above from Thomas Szasz really struck me.

I love the analogy of our boat being stuck in a sandbar.

Being from the Midwest, our tendency is very much towards the “don’t rock the boat” mentality. Minimize risk. People please. Don’t offend anyone.

But sometimes in life we need to shake things up. We (or someone we love) are stuck on a sandbar and the boat needs to be rocked.

The hard part (for me at least) is to know when to be calm and when to shake things up. That requires wisdom and understanding that are beyond me most days.

Lately, I have taken to the habit of saying a little prayer to myself in the morning asking for wisdom as I face the choices of the day.

Make it a great day.


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