4 lessons from my morning drive

Hey there, my friends, Brian King here. If you are familiar with me, you know that I like to use metaphor.

And I like to find lessons pretty much anywhere that I can.

Because when you’re able to do that you’re reminded constantly what your principles are and what you stand for.

I had to take my wife to work this morning, and I live out in the country, farm country. So there’s a lot of critters and whatnot.

I made several small observations this morning, that I think are indicative of larger lessons, so I wanted to share them with you.

The first one was, and I’m gonna start this with a question. If birds can fly as high as they do, why on earth do they keep flying right in front of your car?

I don’t understand why it happens so much out here.

So there was a bird, I hope he made it by like, this much. He flew in front of my car and barely made it past.

So the lesson from that is, if you fly low, because you’re trying not to be noticed, or you’re trying to stay safe, it doesn’t prevent you from getting hit.

Now, there are a lot of people in this life that try to navigate this whole experience as much as possible without any risk. And it’s simply not possible.

No, unless you are living in a coma, or in complete isolation and experiencing no growth whatsoever. That’s the only way you’re going to avoid risk.

If you’re going to fly, fly high, don’t be afraid to be noticed. Put yourself out there, yeah, you’re going to be a little bit more exposed. And you’re going to be subject to different kinds of dangers and risks.

But you’re not going to get hit by a car because you’re flying so low. That’s the first lesson.

The second one is I saw a dead possum in the middle of the road. I’m going to spare you the details. But whenever I see a critter that didn’t make it, I asked questions like, you know, did it not see the car coming? You know, why does this keep happening? And I’m not sure.

But the lesson that came to my mind is, when you’re in an environment, you have to be aware of the the opportunities as well as the risks, you know, so a lot of people say, Oh, this is a great idea. Let’s do this, you know, nothing can stop us blah, blah, blah, then they do it.

And something comes along that derails them and they say, well, you never thought of that we didn’t consider that. Well, my question is, did you consider it at all?

Now there’s a risk, of course of people trying to over prepare or overthink it and think that they’ve covered all of their bases, when the reality is, no you can’t think of all the risks, not necessarily.

So you’re going to take your risks, you’re going to have some setbacks, hopefully, you’re not going to get run over. Because you anticipated some of the big risks. But it’s important to look at both sides of it. That’s the second lesson.

The third one is I have an older car, and it can only really get one radio station.

Fortunately, it plays a lot of songs that I like, but also songs I don’t like.

I remember when I used to live in the suburbs, I could just hit the search button. And it would find me the next best station or the next best song.

I rarely had the experience of sitting through a song that I really didn’t like, or didn’t care for, or bother me or whatever.

But if I want to listen to the radio, I’ve got to be willing to listen to a lot of songs I don’t like in order to get around the song I do like, now that is really a metaphor for life.

Because there are people these days, some of the younger folks who think everything should be fun, everything should be entertaining, there should be no inconveniences.

There should be nothing dislikable to any degree anywhere in your life experience.

I need to be willing to sit through some discomfort, some things I don’t like, because I know it’s on the way to something I do like, okay, final lesson.

Final lesson! There are a lot of hawks out here. And I saw a hawk trying to balance on a very thin, what I’m guessing as a telephone wire.

It was bumbling and it was clumsy. And it was putting its beak down and grabbing the wire and trying to balance and it was just having one a heck of a time.

The thought that came to my mind was, hey, bird, you need a stronger foundation, you need something that’s going to support you so that you can stand firm and stand tall.

A lot of us have a ready fire aim approach to life. And in some situations, that’s helpful. But for the most part, it’s reckless.

And what you really need in order to feel confident and secure enough to move forward is you have to have a stable enough foundation underneath you.

Do you have the right support system?

Do you have the right strategies?

Do you know what you need to know to get started? Not to go the distance because we know we learn as we go along. But to get started.

You need to be able to stand on a more solid foundation.

So those are four observations I made this morning in the 20-30 minutes or so it took to take my wife to work.

But if you’re really paying attention to life, and you’re noticing everything around you, and you ask yourself, you know what, what’s the lesson here?

What’s the lesson for me and the experience of this tree or this bird or whatever it is. So I just wanted to share those observations with you.

Hopefully they’re helpful. You can go ahead and pass this along if you think that there’s other people that can benefit from it. And until we talk again, this has been Brian Thanks for being you.

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