Slab of Bacon
IMPACT Requires Acceleration
Watch a carpenter hammer a nail. He doesn’t start the head of the hammer out with full force and decelerate gently and carefully into impact with the head of the nail. Try doing it that way and you won’t hit it squarely. At most, you will bend the nail over. You will not drive it straight into the wood.
I’m not a carpenter, but I am a golfer. A mediocre golfer. I was playing one day with a good golfer who watched me miss short make-able putts for eighteen holes. When we finished, he walked me over to the practice green to show me what I was doing wrong. It wasn’t that I was lining up improperly or that I had a bad grip. It was simply that I was slowing the putter head down as I brought it forward into the ball. At the moment I struck my putt, the club head was decelerating. As a result, the only time I hit a straight putt was by accident. At first, I did not really believe what my friend was telling me. I guess he could sense my skepticism, because he told me to just compare our two scores on the card and take his word for it. So I did. And I began to believe.
Just like a nail, a golf ball will only travel in a straight line if it is contacted forcibly with an Accelerating blow. This premise holds true in the broadest of applications. Regardless of the type of Group, the Q is the one whose IMPACT results in the strongest straightest effect.
In contrast, the contact of the Decelerating Sad Clown is tepid and soft, more of a slap than a blow. While it may be deliberate, it is not forcible and the effect will be crooked and weak.
Like all bad carpenters, the Sad Clown’s half-hearted efforts will result in nothing more than a trail of bent nails in the lives of the people of his Community.
IMPACT requires Acceleration.
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.
“If life seems jolly rotten, there’s something you’ve forgotten! And that’s to laugh and smile and dance and sing…” –Monty Python
“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” –Mark Twain
“You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.” –Stephen King
We are all gifted with a unique set of skills and abilities. With those abilities we can make extraordinary things happen in the world around us, or not. It is completely up to you whether you want your life to make a difference and what difference you want your life to make.
Many people set lofty goals for their lives and want to be remembered as visionaries, they want to change and save the world. Others want to be remembered as the kind man or women down the street who always helped and always listened if you needed help.
Who do you think is the better person? The one who changes the world or the one who saves the individual?
Do what not have to do incredible things; just being there for the people around you can save someone from a meaningless life and help them lead the life they were meant to live.
Small things matter
Changing the life of another person is an incredible feeling and it is completely within your grasp. You can do this by deciding to become a mentor for a young ambitious person. You can help them avoid the mistakes you have made and help them learn from the ones they will inevitably make themselves.
Fight for someone’s rights
You will often see someone get treated unfairly. It happens both professionally and socially, individuals who deserve recognition do not get it.
By taking up the fight and making sure others get what they deserve and earned you will be a true hero. You will make a lasting impact on their lives and you will be rewarded with love and help in the future when you are in need.
The law of karma says that whatever you do you will get back threefold, helping others is therefore a selfish act, but still a good act, one that you should do without fear, with love and with the knowledge that you will one day be rewarded.
Go the distance
Compromise is the enemy of long term commitment, if you have committed to helping someone by being their mentor or by fighting for their rights, doesn’t stop half way. Go the distance and see it through. Make sure something happens so all your work doesn’t end up as only talk.
In truth we might all be here to help each other, we might all be a part of a machine that fosters cooperation, or were not. We might just be here to make the best of the situation for ourselves.
In any case, helping others brings happiness and prosperity into your own life, so for whatever reason you chose to help others, it will always help you in return. The difference between stopping half way and finishing isn’t much in terms of the work you put in, but worlds apart in the difference for the individual you are helping.