“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” (Will Rogers)
Most things in life are about the journey, and not the destination. No matter what I am trying to do, or be, if I am ever completely content with where I am, then I will stop trying to improve and move forward. That complacency will begin to put me behind.
There are countless examples I can recall when I have been on the right path, working on my vision, when I suddenly let complacency creep in. It doesn’t happen all at once, it happens slowly, one day at a time, one decision at a time. At first it looks like just taking a pause, catching my breath as it were. I can play it off and say “I earned a break”. But, when left unchecked it begins to grow, and that complacency becomes my driving force. Soon I am being run over again.
To be the person I want to be means I must always be about improvement and moving forward. That isn’t to say that I am disgusted with, or ashamed of who I am. What I am saying is that I can love the me that I am today, and still say that tomorrow I can be better. One of the most beautiful things about being human is that I am imperfect. My imperfections make me who I am. If I were some perfect automaton, then there would be no color to my character; I would be flat and uninteresting. But, because I am imperfect, it gives me the wonderful opportunity to constantly tune what I am about.
As I think back to past reflections in this project, I sometimes think that I have focused too much on saying what isn’t good about myself. I have openly written about my flaws and what I am doing to correct them. I am sure that part of that feeling comes from the fact that the book I am using as the source of quotes is one intended to help people improve, it isn’t a daily affirmation book. Another part of the reason for this tendency is that I do tend to be a person who thrives when I am actively working to improve. I am at my best when I realize that I am not at my best and am actively seeking to be better.
Will Rogers’ folksy philosophy on life serves as a reminder today, and an affirmation. It is a reminder to me that I must always be looking for those parts of my life where I have stalled, and find ways to revive them. And, it affirms for me that what I am working on matters, and it matters because it means that I am, indeed, working on being a better me.