Eagles, Chickens, and Vision

You can’t think like an eagle and act like a chicken.  You can’t perceive you are an eagle, or even have those aspirations and function like a chicken.  An eagle soars through the air…with little effort reaching great heights and travel paths.  In fact eagles thrive on high winds or storm up drafts.  They actually help the eagle spread wings and ride it out.

On the flip side are the chickens.  They don’t fly, they don’t even hardly look up.  Chickens are subject to their surroundings and circumstances.  Chickens are pecking around at the ground, scavenging for what ever they can find.  They will never leverage circumstances to shine.  Chickens won’t see beyond their immediate surroundings, they are predictable.

When you have distinct vision, then you really soar.  When a corporate movement of people with the same core mission integrated into vision all work together…then anything is attainable.  Those companies will take turbulent times and soar above them.  Those companies will survive.  Those companies will have perseverance.  Those companies will become industry leaders.

What is your vision? What are you operating like this week?  Chicken or eagle, it’s a choice…don’t let circumstances dictate where you go or who you are.

Breathe In & Smile Out,

Chris

What A Cup Can Bring…

To some this cup represents just an expensive caffeine fix. To others it’s an everyday icon that has changed colors because of the holiday season. To a guy I had the chance to meet on a flight last year, it was a painful reminder. As I sipped my morning fix preparing for the hours of confined fun in a small chair bolted to the flying metal tube we call Delta, my red cup was another jab in a open sore the Christmas season brought for him. Over the next few hours he unpacked how dysfunctional his family was…and how painful the Christmas gathering had become. The warning flag was the very thing I was nursing as we drifted along at 30k feet.

It’s been a year since that conversation, but it came to mind as I picked up my Starbucks the other day. I realized that his family was no more dysfunctional and broken than mine. Yet we both had totally different perspectives. I realized that life and family relationships are a lot like that hot cup I held in my hand. You will only get out what you put in. In my case, what my order at the Starbucks line “put in”…nevertheless, if you don’t invest…if you don’t overlook…if you don’t react in love…if you don’t forgive…if you don’t give the benefit of the doubt…you will end up with an empty red cup. A cup that has nothing to offer. A cup that stings an open wound every year.

Give a real gift this year…give the gift of agape love…to the least deserving person you know. What you receive in the end is a cup overflowing with love.

Breathe In & Smile Out,
Chris