Power Of One

Whoever wants to be first must take last place and be the servant of everyone else.

Number 1We have all witnessed the spectacle of someone in front of a crowd banging on their drum, making noise and giving the appearance of a parade — when in reality, they were being run out of town. Those who once followed are now in pursuit.

The scene captures the essence of human nature: we’re constantly moving toward something.

The ancient scholars gave the instruction that we cannot serve two masters. We will love one and hate the other. The one who hung one sun and one moon in the sky of our unique earth — as a reminder that there is one designer and master builder — is known simply as “I Am.

Acknowledging that higher power allows us, as an instrument of His goodness, to boldly proclaim, “I’m the leader of one and boss of me.

At the beginning of each new day is a reminder of our limitations, as we subject ourselves to the law of gravity and put on our pants — one leg at a time. Then, with a knee bent, we remember the one great commandment, “Love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.” And, one similar, “Love your neighbor as yourself.

A working definition of love might be, “Love is patient, Love is kind, It rejoices with the truth, Always protects, Always trusts, Always hopes, and Always perseveres.” The result of that effort will always be growth in ourselves and others.

The secret mantra becomes, “If It Is To Be, It Is Up To Me.” Because, it is impossible to drag — or, ride on the coattails of — anyone else, to any destination.

In the course of our journey, we will discover ‘one more‘ as the difference between failure and success. Our greatest success comes when we commit to a singular focal point —  able and willing to give our all for that one choice.

We can choose to make the world better for days by planting flowers. We can improve it for years by planting trees. And, we can change it forever by planting ideas in the minds of those we touch.

From one tiny seed grows much. Whether a bountiful garden, productive orchard, or fruitful life, it all begins with a single thought. Individually, we have the right to choose.

More than a right, it is a responsibility. As students of life, we begin with our choice of teachers, coaches, mentors, and heroes. At some point in our growth, we become the teacher and accept the mantle of leadership to guide another on the path they have chosen.

To do so, we become their servant. As a shepherd cares for a flock, we lead by gentle nudges. It is then we understand the story of twelve guys debating among themselves who would be the greatest — and, the Master replied, “Whoever wants to be first must take the last place and be the servant of everyone else.

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has power, genius, and magic in it.


Rainbow Rider

We must ride jump-for-jump, while staying centered and balanced on top. That’s where the view is the best!

Life is presented to us on a spectrum. Sometimes, we lose sight of that.

To illustrate this concept, if we raise our arms to the height of our shoulders, an axis line is established. It runs from the fingertips of one hand, through our heart and soul, out to the fingertips of our other hand. Now, if we picture in our minds eye the innumerable arcs that stretch from fingertip to fingertip, we understand spectrums.

On the one hand we have this — on the other hand we have that. Our left hand is opposite our right hand. They are different and unique, working together individually to accomplish a greater good. We would never think to dismiss one in favor of the other. We’re reminded of their mutual importance when we try to zip with one hand.

While some may believe the universe revolves around them, our control is limited to the two hands connected to the core of our heart and soul. As we expand the analogy of spectrums, we find the sphere of our earth. An imaginary axis line that man uses as reference, exits at the opposite Polar Regions, establishing North and South. Between the poles, we have the Equator, which is defined by East and West.

North is as opposite and as far from South, as East is from West. Wherever you are right now, look into the distance towards your favorite direction. Can you believe that you are standing on the “X” of spectrums, marking the exact spot which is the beginning of a journey halfway around the world in any direction?

The choice is ours. We limit ourselves by anchoring to a favorite spot and then whining about what is in sight. We forget that our view is always limited by the spectrum curve.

Now, with the stage set, think of a rainbow — the most vivid spectrum of reality and imagination. Folk lore provides for a pot of gold at each end. Streaming from one to the other is a gorgeous spectrum of color.

Life is a journey of contrasts. We have good times and bad times. The effort required to go up a mountain is rewarded by the tummy-tickle at the top as we coast down into the valley below. The straight stretches of highway allow us to set the cruise control, while the switchbacks provide for a white-knuckle focus of attention.

There is treasure to be found at the extremes. From the grief of loss to the ecstasy of triumph, we are rewarded from the pot of gold at each end of that rainbow of experience.

After a storm, a rainbow is given as a sign of hope and a reminder to ride the spectrum of life. As any good bull rider knows, we must ride “jump for jump” — while staying centered and balanced on top. That’s where the view is the best!