2012 Independence Day

Freedom isn’t free and I will not regard it as if it cost others nothing. Thank you to all who have established and secured our freedoms, and to those who continue to, both present and future.

The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag:

“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”,

should be rendered by standing at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. When not in uniform men should remove any non-religious headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart. Persons in uniform should remain silent, face the flag, and render the military salute.

4 USC Sec. 4 01/03/2012 (112-90)

TITLE 4 – FLAG AND SEAL, SEAT OF GOVERNMENT, AND THE STATES 

CHAPTER 1 – THE FLAG

Sec. 4. Pledge of allegiance to the flag; manner of delivery

Point of Greatest Positive Impact

Near the intersection of interest and aptitude we find our purpose and potential for greatest positive impact.

Doubtless we have all seen and experienced the opposite ends of the interest vs. aptitude spectrum:

  • The person who absolutely, undeniably loves to sing and puts his/her heart and soul into every word…and yet couldn’t carry a tune in a vacuum sealed storage container if his/her life depended on it.
  • The stellar performer whose skills at a particular task are beyond measure but who clearly never enjoyed it a day in his/her life and who is never without a negative thing to say about it (e.g. the person who keeps the tidiest carpets in town and does it for the best price in the shortest amount of time but has the filthiest attitude toward that particular responsibility).

We all have, and are entitled to, our opinions of which of the two is more “pleasant” to be around repeatedly or for extended periods of time. Refreshingly, every now and then we run into someone who sits nearer the center of the spectrum – someone whose skill and ability complement his/her love and enjoyment of whatever it is that s/he is doing:

  • The speaker passionate about his/her subject matter and well-equipped to deliver the message with conviction and poise
  • The scientist driven by discovery of the unknown and great at using the tools available to facilitate the exploration
  • The teacher who finds so much pleasure in his/her interaction and influence on the young that his/her 40 years of service seem to him/her like the twinkle of an eye

To know one of these people is to know someone who lives near his/her purpose in that particular moment, and accordingly, someone who is living near the greatest potential positive impact on those who s/he interacts with.

We all have a purpose; we all have a design.  We know what we enjoy, what we endure, and what we detest.  We also know in our heart of hearts when things we are involved in do not line up with what we love and/or what we have particular skill/potential in.  Sadly, many of us are busy with things that we are neither good or getting better at nor that we enjoy or truly live for simply because we fail to regularly assess our activity against our passions and skills.

Much of the joy of life comes from affecting our personal worlds positively and watching good things come of them. This video workshop on Total Life Conditioning provides tools and strategies to help us, among other things, locate our place of maximum positive impact for ourselves and on those around us by identifying where our interests meet our aptitudes, and arranging them in such a way that those having the biggest benefit are prioritized above the others.

Going forward, let us take the initiative to be conscious about how the activity of our lives lines up with the design and purpose of our lives.  None of us has the luxury of spinning our wheels producing nothing with lasting and positive result without paying an exorbitant price for time, energy, and resources.  None of us has anyone who will take more interest in the fulfillment of our life’s purpose than we ourselves.

We owe it then, to ourselves and to those we care about, to live as near to where our interest meets our aptitude as possible so we can achieve the maximum positive impact that only we can.  Let’s determine today to make it happen…for all the good we have yet to live!

Achieving Absolute Excellence,

Brandon