As I grow older, my outlook is changing.
I’m realizing that showing love and appreciation for the people I care about most is more important than momentarily looking “cool” to a few acquaintances. I’m learning to express more gratitude and genuine appreciation to those who have gone out of their way to look out for me when it mattered.
I’m recognizing that too many people foolishly mistake kindness for weakness. I’m learning that it’s a liberating breath of fresh air to cut the rope and separate from habitual liars, setting them free to lie to others and, once fee from the lies, wishing I had done it sooner!
I’m seeing it proven again and again that fear is the single most crippling obstacle preventing people from achieving their dreams.
I’m recognizing that the truly strong look after not only themselves, but for others around them, as well. I’ve learned by observing my own father that strength is definitely on the inside in the will to do what matters most, without regard to what’s easier, or more immediately attractive.
I’m learning that a positive outlook is infectious and that smiling at others, holding a door, helping change a flat tire, or reaching out to someone who is down can spread outward like a ripple effect from a rock thrown in a pond. I’m seeing that a hero is one who deliberately sacrifices of themselves to rescue others from death, or to radically improve others’ lives and that nothing less qualifies for that title.
I’m seeing that people are too quick to voice their opinions these days before informing themselves on a particular subject. I’m seeing that as science makes major advances, we’re coming to the realization that we actually understand far less than we had once thought. I’m learning that, even though I’m as flawed as anyone else, I have values, standards and principles, which mean more to me than people who do not.
I’ve learned that the best things in life aren’t things at all, but relationships. In the end, I’ve grown to genuinely believe we are not just random particles whizzing around on a rock in a blank universe by accident. There is a big picture, a reason, a purpose, a plan.
Craig "Sawman" Sawyer