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“Don’t go where the path may lead; Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – R. W. Emerson

At the ripe age of 26 (give or take a decade 😉 this is something I think about often just not in words that may not be so eloquent.

It seems to me that many embark on multiple endeavors with great intentions and perhaps hopes of grandeur but fail to put much forward thought into their noble efforts. Where will it lead? What is the ultimate end-state? Is there an end-state? What do you want to be known for? What do you want to leave behind when you’re long gone?

I am the first to admit that there is a lot to be said for taking a step forward without spending a lifetime thinking about what may or may not transpire. If you wait and think too long you might not end up doing anything at all and that’s no way to live.

That being said I struggle internally with the right time to make the leap in a direction that I know I have been called by a higher power to go. I know it seems counter intuitive to many as if I know I have been called to achieve a mission you may wonder why I don’t…I have that same question sometimes.

The answer is that I calculate and analyze just about everything. I want to ensure that when I take on a great challenge that it will leave the ultimate impression which I intended. It’s gotta be done right and at the right time. The last thing I want to lose is credibility from those whom have put their faith in me.

I want to make a difference and I fully intend on doing so. In doing that I will give my full effort to one dream and make my family, friends, loved ones, heroes, but most of all myself proud! I will engage in my calculated dreams full force and not step on anyone along the way. I will maintain the ethical code which I have been thought since birth and carried with me throughout my career.

The dreams I aspire to accomplish will come true with work, honesty, integrity and everything that goes along with that. Sure, some things can happen by taking other routes but that’s not me; That’s not what I’m about!

I will leave a trail that others can trod if they choose do so…though I hope they don’t! Everyone has their own dreams and goals that probably aren’t exactly aligned with mine and I think that’s great. I want everyone to go where they are compelled, do what they dream and hopefully leave a positive impression on this great world.

A little longer post than I normally throw out there but the quote above was just that compelling to me…and so here ya go!

– Later

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Truth Be With You!

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“Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.” – Henry David Thoreau

What a great way to live and be able to look at yourself in the mirror each day knowing that you have nothing to hide, be ashamed of or lie about throughout your daily encounters or endeavors. The quote above seems so simple yet there are so many that find being true along these lines a struggle.  My thought is that if you can simply abide by the “law” of truth, especially to yourself, you can rest easily knowing that you are on the right path.

Being true to your work is difficult to a degree in that many people are out to find financial gain rather than doing work they truly believe in or feel drawn to doing.  Often times, finding that great paying job is done so at the expense of another.  Honing in on that young Soldier outside a military base with pay-day loans so they can come in and get money to pay their bills without fully understanding that they are going to be charged 45% interest on whatever they are given.  I, for one, couldn’t feel good about that regardless of how much money the job, or lie, is putting in my pocket. The great thing is no one has to do that…it’s a choice! You can choose do something you love and you can make a living by following your passion.  It might not be easy, but it can be done and we can all make it happen.  As I like to say, “You can take others along for the ride with you!” And that can make all the difference in the world.

Additionally, your word is your bond.  Once you compromise that, it’s very hard to regain faith and confidence in those deceived. I learned this at a young age, as most of us do, through little untruths to my parents…nothing devastating but it just showed me that once I told them something that wasn’t the COMPLETE truth, it was just as bad as not telling the truth at all.  Being true to your word is almost, if not, the most important thing I can do in life. I can’t work, have relationships, be trusted, or even left alone to accomplish a small task if people don’t have faith that I am going to do what I say I will.  I admit that I have inadvertently slipped here and there by perhaps missing a meeting or something along those lines but it was definitely not with mal intent and I was honest about my reason…if I over slept, I said so, if I forgot, I said so, etc….It’s not always what people wanted to hear but it was the truth and though it may have been uncomfortable to come clean, I knew I had to so that’s exactly what I did!

Friends…I make sure I choose my friends wisely and if their values aren’t aligned with mine that doesn’t mean we can’t talk, it just means they might not be the best choice for me to spend too much time with of put too much into what they have to say.  “Friend” is a term used very loosely…I have my Facebook friends whom I may or may not have ever been very close with but like(d) and am interested in seeing what is going on with them from time to time and then I have the other extreme where I can count on them to drop whatever it is they are doing and come to help out if I just say the word, and the same goes for them.  Friends are a gift, a true gift, and should always be treated as such.

I know this is a bit lengthy but I ran across this quote today (as I’m a quote guy in case you can’t tell) and it really spoke to me.  You may have a different outlook on the words of Henry D. Thoreau which is great.  My hope is that that you got as much out of this short sentence as I did and that you have a blessed day!

Be True!

~ Brett

 

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