We have all witnessed the spectacle of someone in front of a crowd banging on their drum, making noise and giving the appearance of a parade — when in reality, they were being run out of town. Those who once followed are now in pursuit.
The scene captures the essence of human nature: we’re constantly moving toward something.
The ancient scholars gave the instruction that we cannot serve two masters. We will love one and hate the other. The one who hung one sun and one moon in the sky of our unique earth — as a reminder that there is one designer and master builder — is known simply as “I Am.”
Acknowledging that higher power allows us, as an instrument of His goodness, to boldly proclaim, “I’m the leader of one and boss of me.”
At the beginning of each new day is a reminder of our limitations, as we subject ourselves to the law of gravity and put on our pants — one leg at a time. Then, with a knee bent, we remember the one great commandment, “Love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.” And, one similar, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
A working definition of love might be, “Love is patient, Love is kind, It rejoices with the truth, Always protects, Always trusts, Always hopes, and Always perseveres.” The result of that effort will always be growth in ourselves and others.
The secret mantra becomes, “If It Is To Be, It Is Up To Me.” Because, it is impossible to drag — or, ride on the coattails of — anyone else, to any destination.
In the course of our journey, we will discover ‘one more‘ as the difference between failure and success. Our greatest success comes when we commit to a singular focal point — able and willing to give our all for that one choice.
We can choose to make the world better for days by planting flowers. We can improve it for years by planting trees. And, we can change it forever by planting ideas in the minds of those we touch.
From one tiny seed grows much. Whether a bountiful garden, productive orchard, or fruitful life, it all begins with a single thought. Individually, we have the right to choose.
More than a right, it is a responsibility. As students of life, we begin with our choice of teachers, coaches, mentors, and heroes. At some point in our growth, we become the teacher and accept the mantle of leadership to guide another on the path they have chosen.
To do so, we become their servant. As a shepherd cares for a flock, we lead by gentle nudges. It is then we understand the story of twelve guys debating among themselves who would be the greatest — and, the Master replied, “Whoever wants to be first must take the last place and be the servant of everyone else.”
Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has power, genius, and magic in it.