Would you go to war for a friend, family member or business associate in your inner circle? What if it cost you years of hard work or influence? I have always considered myself a no limit soldier. A man of few words until needed, mentally, physically and emotionally strong but recently I experienced a new moment of truth in my life.
Before I share my moment of truth I would like you to close your eyes for 30 seconds and think of a person whom you could have helped in their hour of need who deserved it but you did not because of social compliance or misplaced emotions. Before you recall the long list individuals in your life, make sure its someone who was truly committed to improving and had skin in the game to make it happen and not someone looking for a break compliments of you. (Children and elderly always qualify for me.) And one more thing. The definition of Social Compliance in this conversation is to go against your own morals, thoughts or passion in order to make your peers more comfortable or to fit in. We seem to do this more than we realize. Ok, let’s get back to business. I’m sure you thought of at least one person who you left out on a ledge that could have truly benefited and grown from your help but you chose not to help in order to stay in good graces with the cool crowd or protect yourself from loss and ridicule.
I recently made a decision knowing it would be life changing if I stood up for a person who has helped hundreds of others but emotionally ran out of gas. I never benefited from this persons work but I really admired it and I knew this was a person worth the fire. This person is bold, brilliant and generous but has their fair share of haters. For a person like me that has a long list of people who would enjoy seeing my head mounted over their fireplace, I should run like hell from anyone that makes my list of haters longer but I could not. You see, I couldn’t live with myself if I left another soldier behind when in need. The more I live, the more I realize how I want to die. If my legacy is squeaky clean because I never allowed myself to live or fight for those whom I could help, then I never really lived at all. The fact of the matter is that I would more than likely die feeling like a failure or even a coward if I am unwilling to help the good guys. I was never in the military or law enforcement but in this moment I understand their commitment to helping others.
This decision to stand for someone who is important to this world has changed my life and I hope you will consider doing the same when your moment of truth arrives. Putting your neck on the line is not for everyone so don’t go get yourself knee deep in dookie for someone who isn’t a life changer but be ready when your moment presents itself. And never turn your back on those in your inner circle who fought beside you and loved you during THEIR time of need. Suck up your emotions and go to war. It’s normally a battle that starts in your heart.
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