No matter how hard you try, you can’t live a perfect life. You can try to live as good as anyone else, but the truth is that at some point(s) you will come across adversity, negativity and tough circumstances. This can also include your involvement with family members and friends as well. While you can’t control the acts of others you can still be a great guide should anyone seek you out for advice. I find that when you are grown you have to find your way around the world just like everyone else. When it comes to other regular people they have to find their own way too. I do not try to control anyone’s life, but I will do my best to be there for them “if” they should need me. You may have friends, associates, family members or coworkers who are going through some things right now. Even though you may want to personally “guide” them to where they need to be, at some point you have to respect their right to make the same mistakes you made going through life. I guess you are wondering if there is a point to what I am saying. I am simply stating that life is filled with “growing pains.” What we know as grown ups may not apply to the things we did as we were younger. We have to keep our composure even when we “know” that others may not be going down the right path. In the process, we have to be careful that we don’t appear overbearing when trying to direct someone. Without going into any personal information, I have discovered that I am at a point where I have to recognize someone else’s right to exist. While their choices may (or may not) seem like the wisest things, the best I can do is to be there “should they fall.” In the end you might make the biggest difference, but you won’t know for sure until you are close to the end of the journey. No matter how things may look on the surface, be prepared to step out of your own way of thinking. What works for you may not work for everyone else. Don’t always just think for your own perspective. Have an open mind and an open heart. In the end it might make for the biggest difference. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Vintage shot of Grover Washington Jr., brother Bill Jolly and Brett Jolly