Recently there has been a great outrage over the killing of Cecil, the lion. According to reports, Cecil was part of an experiment that started in 1999. Recent reports state that an American dentist paid a large sum of money to kill a lion. It so happens, that it was Cecil. This dentist from MN, allegedly, lured Cecil off a protected nature preserve, wounded him and eventually shot him. Well as with everything in America, this sparked a national movement. "Justice for Cecil" petitions started circulating, demanding that laws be changed to ban the importing of big game trophies into the US.
Since starting out in the professional world, i have procured a high standard for myself. It plays out in how i present myself, how i coordinate with fellow workplace employees and how i accomplish the various task given to me . Even as you read this you can probably tell that i very strategically chose my words as to not cause a fracas. I don't take on new ventures or write about things that i don't absolutely believe in or am convicted by.
This standard has served me well in my career. I tend to accomplish my tasks efficiently and on time. While i was aware that i have much to learn in the realm that i have chosen as a career, i don't like it verbalized.
Recently i had the opportunity to venture beyond my own "perfection" through the words of someone who empowers me to be better. It was stated to me that perhaps i am not as i see myself when it comes to work. This hit hard. Could it be possible that i had unintentionally become the thing that horrified me the most?
Fast forward 1 week. Many opportunities had come and gone for me to evaluate my performance and mindset and i took them all. Actively i resigned myself that if it were true, i had no intention of coming face to face with it. While I don't believe my whole outlook in the professional world is out of sync, there are two characteristics i will eulogize.
And so we are gathered here today to lay to rest Entitlement and her sister Perfection. Both, when let to their own devices can takeover the mind. But it is not a sad day, the loss of perfection. It is a triumphant day. A day I put into place a new standard of workplace efficiency. Stay tuned!
"Love is Patient. Love is Kind."
George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, James Monroe, Benjamin Franklin.
These names all sound familiar right? I would hope so. They are considered by a most as the Founding Fathers of America.
Deborah Sampson, Phillis Wheatley, Abigail Adams, Molly Pitcher, Betsy Ross.
Less recognized? It is my opinion that women offered just as much to the founding of America as did the men who governed our nation during its beginning. But one distinctly stands out on this 4th of July.
Betsy Ross, a widow who had lost two husbands due to the Revolutionary War was approached by a secret committee from the Continental Congress in early May 1776. This committee included General George Washington, wealthy Mr. Robert Morris and George Ross, the uncle of her late husband.
They requested that Mrs. Ross take on the task of sewing America's first flag. Mrs. Ross was a seamstress who managed to parent 7 young children and run her own upholstery business. This and her connections with the men from the Continental Congress garnered her the honor of stitching together this brave symbol of freedom our Nation still celebrates.
Betsy Ross finished the flag in late May/early June and on June 14th 1777, the Continental Congress adopted the flag for America.
"Resolved: that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen starts, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation."
So think fondly back to this time and remember Betsy Ross as a women who heroically gave of her time and resources to house solders. But to present America with a symbol of unity that has lasted still.
"Love is Patient. Love is Kind."