The Brass Ring
If you had the stage… the undivided attention of the world… and all were listening… What words of wisdom, council or advice would you share?
“The last year has taught me a lot about acceptance, empathy, and directing your own path in search of the fulfillment that only comes from doing/creating that which YOU are passionate about.
In our quest for the brass ring, I think we often forget that everyone else around us is, in some fashion or another, working towards the same goal we are; albeit in ways we may not comprehend or agree with. Yet we often look at others as annoyances, burdens, and obstacles along our life’s journey with little tolerance, or even appreciation of our differences. Is the homeless man on the subway, telling his life story for a measly dollar distracting YOU from your game of Candy Crush Saga? Is the co-worker, desperate for acceptance annoying YOU because of his gross immaturity? Is the new leader you serve under subversive and unwilling to engage YOU in developing a collaborative working relationship?
We are all on this journey together yet we often insist on going it all alone, decrying those that “’get in our way’”. Yet when you think about it, WE are the ones that get in our own way based on how we act in situations, and how we respond toward others. If we could put ourselves aside for just a minute, and consider those around us as being “’just like us’”, then perhaps, even though we may wish for someone to “’make a difference in our OWN life’” we’ll realize that in actuality, “’WE can make a difference in THEIRS.’”
Looking ahead… as far, or as close as you want to imagine (one or hundreds of years)– Where do you see the people or the planet … or, what do you think we should be doing now for the future to come?
“I moved to the East Coast just a few months after Hurricane Sandy. Since moving to NYC, I have become even more keenly aware of the many different tragedies and catastrophic events we, as a nation, and as a world seem to be facing on a regular basis. I think that now, more than ever before, we ALL need to be prepared to step up when need arises. This is not the time to run the other way or callously disregard others (humans and animals alike). We are ALL in this together. Whether we face natural or man-made disasters, our willingness to step up, and put ourselves aside to aid those in need, exemplifies the human spirit of survival, compassion and love.”