It was an incredible experience that brought back so many memories and feelings of things that happened what seemed like just yesterday, but in reality more than a decade ago.
Theresa and I are spending the next couple of days in Dallas for some training and we made the last minute decision yesterday to visit the George W. Bush Presidential Library on the campus of SMU. Regardless of your political affiliation or feelings about the President, it was amazing to see that history.
It is fitting that we would find ourselves in Dallas, able to visit his Library the day before Sept. 11.
I remember that day as clear as any other in my life. I was completely unaware that anything was happening until 11 am. Then, I was scared, frightened, angry, sad, and completely confused.
No other day I have experienced was like that one. On the anniversary of that day, I pray for those that lost loved ones on that day and because of that day.
There was a quote on the wall that said, “To stand for office, you must stand for something.”
See, regardless of whether you are a fan of President Bush or not, he stood for something.
You too will need to stand for something in your life.
Most of us will not have the weight of Presidential decisions upon us. I am grateful for that.
But, we will have to draw a line in the sand somewhere.
We often don’t stand for anything because we are too afraid that we are going to hurt someone’s feelings or make somebody mad.
If I am more concerned about making someone upset, than I am robbing the world of an authentic and genuine experience of who I really am.
I think we long for people to stand up for what they believe in. Good or bad, we talk about people that stand for something more than others.
We admire the those that take a stand and start to make care for themselves physically. Turning down the pizza lunches and fast food burgers for tupperware filled containers of prepared food. Forgoing extra sleep to get up early and workout before the day begins. We cheer as they begin to do what we would like to.
We love the person who decides to take a stand and quit their job and pursue their life’s dream because we are inspired by their courage and want to do the same.
See, the people in those 2 scenarios have done something though, that too many of us don’t.
They stopped and thought about what they were doing rather than continuing on with the mundane and boring.
They thought about where their life was going and didn’t like the direction, so they took a stand and decided to do something about it. They made a physical change, psychological change or finally went to fight for what they thought was right.
We are often too afraid to step out because it will be uncomfortable.
We don’t want a boring life, but we are more fearful of a life that will require us to constantly get out of our comfort zone.
If you take a stand for something, you will take some arrows.
People will try to pull you down. They won’t like what you are doing. They will all know how to do what you are doing better than you, without ever having experienced the actual difficulty of going through the process.
If you know what you are doing is right, keep going. Don’t listen to those that don’t understand.
It’s not their calling, their decision and they don’t have to live with the consequences.
So, here is the encouragement for today.
Start taking action on the thing that you spend the most time thinking about but aren’t currently doing.
Plant your flag, draw the line in the sand and do what you know is right.
Prepare to be uncomfortable, prepare to take some arrows and prepare for the devil to flat out try to take you down with everything that he can.
Make New Mistakes.
Take a stand.