Daily I’m reminded of both the thrills and fears of going first. Mainly I see these extremes through the eyes of my children when they are either screaming “Me first!” or “Not me!” For example, when it’s time to serve birthday cake and ice cream they’re all too ready to receive the first piece ahead of their cousin whose birthday we’re celebrating. However, when it comes to getting their haircut, fingernails clipped, or bath drawn they’re all too willing to let their siblings go first. Funny how that works, but not unpredictable.
When reward or treat is bring offered we are all about it. At the same time when an event occurs that we don’t see the immediate benefit in we are not so quick to sign up and will gladly let others go first to see what’s in it for them, then make our decision to jump in. Likewise, when an opportunity presents itself that raises a bit of fear in us we’re not creatures that readily select ourselves to go first, exposing our vulnerability and drawing upon our courage.
There is too much safety and comfort built in to remaining where we are. However, this may be the most dangerous of all places- to simply remain where you are. What if no one ever took that risk? What if no one ever led? What if no one ever chose to be vulnerable, courageous, the first?
Lead well today. Take risks today. Be first for selfless reasons today.
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