Saturday, May 17, 2014

Learning To Take The High Road

Two weeks ago, my perfect world as I knew it came to a screeching halt. Someone had thrown a stick in the gears that kept my world spinning and I was dumbfounded. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that I could be so disappointed in a choice made by an organization that I believe so strongly in. The utter shock and disappointment was overwhelming. I didn't know how to comprehend what I heard, nor did I know how to react.

The news went against everything I believe in, both morally and ethically. I think the worst part was that I had seen it coming. I had been tossing thoughts back and forth about some affiliations I had and trying to decide which road to take. Should I take the high road or the low road?

I have worked too hard to get where I am. I did the groundwork. I followed protocol. I put in my time and paid my dues. I take pride in the fact that I earned what I have.

After a few days the anger turned to hurt and I had to remove myself from a particular group affiliation. I didn't want to be a part of something that went against my ethics.

As my world remained still, I began to look around me. Who were these people? Am I surrounding myself with people that I admire or people that go against what I believe in? I began to see social media in a whole new light. I started seeing people for who they really were and I didn't like some of the things I saw. I took a break from Facebook and Twitter.

My goal in life is to make a difference - to make the world a better place for those that come after me. Not to be the best or to be the first to share something. It’s not a competition people, at least not in my world.

After a few tears (ok a lot of tears), frustration and some pep talks from friends, I was finally able to pull that stick out of the gears and get my world spinning again. My world spins a little slower now and in a slightly different direction, but I like it this way. I realized that I don’t need affiliations to make what I do special.

My son and I are making a difference by giving our time, making small monthly donations, and creating awareness through this website. Our world is filled with passion, commitment and the drive to do more.

If you want the satisfaction and the glory, then do the work. Take the steps to earn what you have. Taking the high road isn't always the easiest way, but it sure does feel good when you do.

Next stop on our journey ... Tiger Trail.

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