So last week I had a bit of a health scare.
I’ll be honest, the last seven days have consisted of nothing more than appointments, sleepless nights and shitting myself.
Now the long and short of it is, thankfully, I’m OK.
The good news being that genetically that means Barney will be OK too.
Others in my family, well, they’ve not been so lucky.
… I’ll maybe share some more on that another time.
… But for now, the point is, that on the back of all of this, I’ve been doing some D-E-E-P thinking.
Soul searching if you will, around the game that we play, and the life that you and I choose to lead.
Something that at 3.47am, last Thursday morning, led me to the following words of wisdom.
… And quite possibly the NEW mantra for the modern man.
Some text encrusted on the tomb, of an Anglican Bishop, in the Crypt at WestMinster Abbey – that read:
“When I was young and free and my imagination had no limits, I dreamed of changing the world.
As I grew older and wiser, I discovered the world would not change, so I shortened my sights somewhat and decided to change only my country.
But it, too, seemed immovable.
As I grew into my twilight years, in one last desperate attempt, I settled for changing only my family, those closest to me, but alas, they would have none of it.
And now as I lie on my deathbed, I suddenly realise: If I had only changed my self first, then by example I would have changed my family.
From their inspiration and encouragement, I would then have been able to better my country and, who knows, I may have even changed the world.”
Strong words from two, maybe three centuries ago, that I don’t know about you, but for me and have never rung more true.
See if the last week has taught me anything, it’s that in this life you can change one thing and one thing only:
And the fact of the matter is, that once we start to consider focusing on ourselves first – well everything else seems to fall-into place too.
Probably why, when you get on a plane, they say to put the mask on YOU, before you put one on others:
- Selfish – No.
- Sensible for the survival of others – Yes.
Anyway ‘nuff said.
Make More. Provide More. Be More.