The night before we left for Alaska one of our favorite neighbors asked Dave for some parting advice. Dave is always happy to share some advice, but usually it comes through the course of a conversation, not an open ended request. Dave didn't miss a beat. Knowing the background behind the request, he picked up a rock out of our yard, put it in her hand and said “don't be this rock”. We all laughed at first and then he proceeded to expound on what that meant.
Usually when we think of metaphors for a rock, we think of something that provides a strong foundation. It indicates something or someone that is strong and unwavering. I love that metaphor. It applies in this case, however Dave's point was simple: the strength and foundation we have doesn't mean anything if we aren't willing to act, to make decisions.
We are all faced choices and decisions to make. Some of those choices are easy and are made almost subconsciously. Others can be difficult and even paralyzing, even when we are strong. A rock is an inanimate object, it doesn't have arms or legs. It can't move itself from one place to the next. It cannot act, it can only be acted upon. Although strong, and makes a good foundation, it is incapable of making decisions.
Do not be a rock.
Use the foundation you have built to face the world. You may stumble or fall, and may even fail. Sometimes the right decision will be hard. Often times the right decision will be faced with obstacles to overcome. Remember this- there is something magnificent in facing hard decisions, moving forward and overcoming difficult things. This allows us to realize how strong we are, especially when paired with a strong foundation.
We are taking chances, moving forward and chasing our dreams. Watch us not be a rock! We will stumble and fall a time or two. We might fail with this new business, yet hopefully we will succeed. Either way, we feel this is the right decision. We know that our foundation will provide us stability and strength and we know that we will learn a lot along the way. We are on an adventure, whether it ends up how we imagine or not, we know it will lead us on a great journey. Join us!
The Man in the Arena
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcomings; but great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory or defeat.”