Every man is his own greatest enemy, and as it were his own executioner. — Sir Thomas Browne
It all came together this week during my daily commute along a fast and busy highway. One of those rare moments when the “university on wheels” curriculum matched what was going on outside of the car. I was listening to Tony Schwartz and Jean Gomes’ book, The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working. They posed a question that grabbed me and caused me to turn off the sound so I could reflect on it. The question was, “Is the life you’re leading worth the price you’re paying to live it?” (The question is on page 26 in the printed version.)
As I traveled in the “slow lane” I noticed cars moving past on my left at high rates of speed. Then I saw a highway patrol officer in front of me, lights flashing. The fast moving cars were about to pay a price for their excessive speed. I silently wondered, “Is the price of a ticket and the hassle of getting it taken care of it worth a few minutes gained?”
As leaders, we want our team members and the people we lead to be healthy so that they can give their best energy for the good of the team. Our followers require the same of us. They want leaders who are healthy and practice good self-care. Rare is the person who will follow an unfit and unhealthy leader.
At the beginning of a new week, it is good to count the cost of the choices we are making. Are we taking care of ourselves so that we can offer our best to the people we lead? Do we have time built into our day to simply enjoy ourselves?
Excessive speed will cost us. Eventually we will slow down.
Can we do it before someone makes us and we have to pay a high price for it?
2 thoughts on “Monday Quick Tip – Count the Cost of Your Life”
Great food for thought and timely for myself. And interesting as the State of Florida is raising the speed limits, or a faster road to death? I used to move along faster, and then on once occasion I slowed down, watching cars pass me and a hour later in exiting the highway, there were some of the cars in line with me. Guess the chance they took might not always come out even. Another great lesson Pastor Todd. h Have a safe week, so not go too slow nor too fast. The price has been paid, let’s not tempt it. Later, Ken
Thank you, Ken! If the state raises the speed limits, I hope they have more troopers out to police the highways. It is treacherous at times out there already! I appreciate your comments. Have a great week!