Today was one of those days walking out the door feeling the heat and humidity where I just wanted to go back to bed in the AC. I’m glad and grateful I did not. And, not because of the run, because that part truly did stink. I didn’t think it was possible for the body to sweat out that much water on a 6 mile run!!!
Keeping my word on being somewhere today is what kept me from going back to bed. I committed to my Shield Lock partner that I would be out at 4:30 to meet him for a run. Again, the run itself was horrible, but well worth the wake up call. The conversation is what made the run this morning. We (or least I) did not have any specific topics in my head to talk about this morning going into the run, but topics wound up being discussed that for me probably needed to happen. Stuff/topics in my life that I would prefer to compartmentalize and pack away in a box and not think about.
So, I’m grateful to have a Shield Lock partner who I trust to confide in and will ask me the questions that probably need to be asked to remind me of some things that maybe I shouldn’t put away in a box and need to address in my life.
I know there are PAX out there with Shield Lock partners that get together and post regularly which is great and I hope they continue to do so and are benefiting from the relationship. If there are PAX out there not involved with Shield Lock, please reach out to Roxanne or I if you want learn more about it.
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2 Peter 3:18
But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ
- “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” –Robert Louis Stevenson
- “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” –Ayn Rand
- “Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.” –Farrah Gray
Leaders Leading Leaders
Jerry was the kind of guy you love to hate. He was always in a good mood and always had something positive to say. When someone would ask him how he was doing, he would reply, “If I were any better, I would be twins!”
He was a unique manager because he had several waiters who had followed him around from restaurant to restaurant. The reason the waiters followed Jerry was because of his attitude. He was a natural motivator. If an employee was having a bad day, Jerry was there telling the employee how to look on the positive side of the situation.
Seeing this style really made me curious, so one day I went up to Jerry and asked him, “I don’t get it! You can’t be a positive person all of the time. How do you do it?” Jerry replied, “Each morning I wake up and say to myself, Jerry, you have two choices today. You can choose to be in a good mood or you can choose to be in a bad mood.’ I choose to be in a good mood. Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be a victim or I can choose to learn from it. I choose to learn from it. Every time someone comes to me complaining, I can choose to accept their complaining or I can point out the positive side of life. I choose the positive side of life.”
“Yeah, right, it’s not that easy,” I protested.
“Yes it is,” Jerry said. “Life is all about choices. When you cut away all the junk, every situation is a choice. You choose how you react to situations. You choose how people will affect your mood. You choose to be in a good mood or bad mood. The bottom line: It’s your choice how you live life.”
I reflected on what Jerry said. Soon thereafter, I left the restaurant industry to start my own business. We lost touch, but often thought about him when I made a choice about life instead of reacting to it.
Several years later, I heard that Jerry did something you are never supposed to do in a restaurant business: he left the back door open one morning and was held up at gunpoint by three armed robbers. While trying to open the safe, his hand, shaking from nervousness, slipped off the combination. The robbers panicked and shot him. Luckily, Jerry was found relatively quickly and rushed to the local trauma center. After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, Jerry was released from the hospital with fragments of the bullets still in his body.
I saw Jerry about six months after the accident. When I asked him how he was, he replied, “If I were any better, I’d be twins. Wanna see my scars?”
I declined to see his wounds, but did ask him what had gone through his mind as the robbery took place. “The first thing that went through my mind was that I should have locked the back door,” Jerry replied. “Then, as I lay on the floor, I remembered that I had two choices: I could choose to live, or I could choose to die. I chose to live.
“Weren’t you scared? Did you lose consciousness?” I asked. Jerry continued, “The paramedics were great. They kept telling me I was going to be fine. But when they wheeled me into the emergency room and I saw the expressions on the faces of the doctors and nurses, I got really scared. In their eyes, I read, ‘He’s a dead man. ” I knew I needed to take action.”
“What did you do?” I asked.
“Well, there was a big, burly nurse shouting questions at me,” said Jerry. “She asked if I was allergic to anything. ‘Yes,’ I replied. The doctors and nurses stopped working as they waited for my reply.. I took a deep breath and yelled, ‘Bullets!’ Over their laughter, I told them, ‘I am choosing to live. Operate on me as if I am alive, not dead.”
Jerry lived thanks to the skill of his doctors, but also because of his amazing attitude. I learned from him that every day we have the choice to live fully. Attitude, after all, is everything.