Lead, follow, or get out of the way." --Thomas Paine
I did some thinking this morning while running. The quote "Lead, follow, or get out of the way" has a lot of merit. It's not too shabby of a guideline, is it? It is maybe a little brash, but it does drive home a fine point.
There is a finite amount of time for us on this planet. No matter what course of action you take in this life, time still passes. Time still passes if you want to take things very slowly. Time passes if you want to speed through things very quickly. Time still passes even if you decide to put off making a decision on a course of action. Nothing stops time.
So, there it is. Lead, follow, or get out of the way.
We have things to do. We have goals to achieve. We have life to live. Tick tock. Time just keeps rolling by.
In our lives, the people around us can show us how they would live. They can show us how they would do things. They can lead us down the path that they would take. "Follow me!"
The others in our life can follow us. They can do things how we would do them. "Get behind me!" Ha.
If the people in our lives cannot choose one of these courses of action, they should just get out of the way.
Time is wasting. My time is precious. I don't have time to waste on a dead end road. I don't have time to waste on unhappiness. I don't have time to waste on indecisiveness. I don't have time to waste on a tree blocking the road. I don't want to miss out on a minute of happiness because of an hour of despair.
So, lead, follow, or get out of the way. I am going to lead, or you show me how. But, if you aren't doing anything at all, get out of my way.
"Hey ho, let's go! Hey ho, let's go!" - Blitzkrieg Bop - The Ramones
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