BY: CLEO WEAVER, ABC KEYSTONE 2021 CHAIR OF THE BOARD
Last week, my wife and I did something we have not done for a long time. We went to an amusement park!
I was exhilarated to ride the rollercoasters; however, my wife was not quite as thrilled. She is more of a bumper car enthusiast!
Later that evening, as I was reminiscing on the day, all I could think was, “That was fun!” However, I realized that nearly everything I did that day required me to jump in, buckle up, and hang on. I had no control aside from making the decision to step onto the ride in the first place. After I jumped into the front seat of the roller coaster, I gave up all control over the next few minutes of my life. By contrast, my wife’s decision to choose the bumper cars gave her some control; she had a throttle and a steering wheel. Hmmm…maybe there was good a reason for her choice!
Here’s my question for you today, “How are you running your business, or for that matter, your life?”
Think about this for a moment:
Are you along for the ride, just going with the flow, or are you directing the course and determining the outcome? As businesspersons, leaders, and managers, are we spending our talents and treasure on those activities that bring the best results, or, are we allowing time and events to slowly divert control of our companies away from our choices and decision-making and instead towards mandates made by government? Are we voluntarily giving up control?
Last month, ABC National met in Jacksonville Florida for our ABC Legislative Day. One of our popular guest speakers was the governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis. What a breath of fresh air he brought as he shared his vision for what government’s role should be! It contrasted wildly with what we are experiencing in Pennsylvania under our current administration.
Moving to Florida, or importing Governor DeSantis to Pennsylvania, isn’t a practical solution. But, the take-away is you should never give up control of your future. Stay informed regarding our political processes and always vote, in every election, for purposeful candidates that work for freedom. Then, hold them accountable. You do have a throttle and a steering wheel in our government, so please use them. Stay involved with ABC and our Legislative Committee and consider getting involved as a volunteer. It’s guaranteed to be a thrill ride!
Allow me an analogy for your consideration. Do you know that if a frog is thrown into hot water, he will immediately jump out, but if he is placed into cool water, he will get comfortable and voluntarily stay in his death-trap as heat is slowly applied. In this way, the frog will eventually be cooked to death, unaware of what is gradually happening around him. Think about how that concept might apply to our current political and business situation.
July is the perfect month to reflect on our political climate. It is a month of commemoration and celebration of our hard-won freedoms. Take the time to remember, to renew your determination to stay free, and to educate the next generation on the importance of political freedoms. Winston Churchill wrote, “Those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” Let’s remember the principles upon which our nation was founded and learn from them.
Stay involved, stay free, and direct your business successfully as you stay in control.
Posted June 28, 2021