Up at 4am today to get on a plane to another suburban office park in America that looks like all the other ones. City? That’s not really important, right? Good times. First thing I see on my iPhone is a note from Don MacPherson (of a cool company called Modern Survey) hitting me with a link to his latest blog post, entitled “Have Some Pride”
“The score of the pickup basketball game was 18-4 (play to 21). We missed another shot, they got the rebound, beat us down the court and scored another easy layup. “Have some pride,” yelled one of my teammates. Honestly, he was the one in five of us who was giving maximum effort. The rest of us were beaten. Going through the motions. It’s no surprise we lost.
I have played thousands of pickup games as an adult. This is one of the few that I remember. “Have some pride” still rings in my ears today. It was a great reminder that every person has a choice in how they react to their challenging circumstances.”
Words to live by for a guy like me, with 3 or 4 emails in my inbox that I don’t want to deal with because they represent impossibly complex situations or relationships that appear DOA for a multitude of reasons.
Words to live by for a guy like me, who like everyone else in the world finds himself in a professional rut from time to time when it feels like it’s simply “time to make the donuts” again at 4am on a Monday.
Get busy living or get busy dying. Insert sailor language of your choice at the appropriate place in the phrase “Have Some Pride”. I’d go with “Have Some _____ Pride”. But that’s just me.
We all get to choose. It’s ironic that the only thing that can make tough circumstances (which seem totally external) bearable is our personal response to them.
Have some pride. (Thanks Don)