Without a vision, the people perish
To Live or to Die?
Everyone has things that they live for - hopefully all of my readers have things they are willing to die for (for which they are willing to die). Many of the people I know can clearly delineate the list of things they are willing to die for. For some this list is short and concise, for others it is long and involved and leaves one wondering how they are still breathing.
While I will be among the first to agree that it is essential to have the right things on your list of things for which you are willing to die, I believe it is even more important to have the right things on the list that you live for.
You see, dying is a one time thing, it may impact the world around us a little bit, it may even change a few lives. Living on the other hand, provides so many opportunities to change our world. It offers so much potential to truly make a lasting impact on others.
What gets you excited? what makes your heart beat a little faster? where do your thoughts go when you are all alone, when no one is watching? What do you do to relax? to recharge and prepare to face life? Are you counting the days until you retire? are you waiting for that winning 'lotto ticket' (or its equivalent)? What are your dreams? What are you doing to reach those dreams? Why do you do what you do? why do you respond the way you respond? what is so important to you that you regularly make time for it? Are your priorities in order? or are you starting to see a disparity between who you are at heart and who you want to be? If you are at all like me you are staring right now at a disparity, if you have stopped to take a serious look, a really serious, in depth analysis of who you are - then like me you have a sick feeling in the pit of your stomach. The two patterns are not matching up very well, and you are starting to feel a bit discouraged. I too have asked myself "does my life have true meaning? or is it all just an elaborate hoax?"
The good news is that no one is perfect, everyone has flaws, inconsistencies that prevent them from achieving their potential. The line that separates people falls along the divide of those that are aware of their flaws and working on them, and those that are indifferent, or can't be bothered to strive for change.
At Dauntless we are fully committed to working on our flaws, to not being content with the status quo, but striving for an ever increasingly full consistency with truth. If this is you, please stop and consider joining us in this the very first of the fights worth fighting. Disregard the odds, forget about past performance, ignore that feeling of discouragement or hopelessness and join together with us to strive valiantly for a better future.
The time when insipid was satisfactory, when just getting by was the normative pattern, when every man stood (and fell) on his own is past and good riddance. It is time to link our shields, guard each others backs, raise up the fallen, and together strive forward towards victory. The time past is more than sufficient for being satisfied with the status quo - join me in encouraging one another while it is still called today to give up those inconsistencies that become habits, that become patterns that spawn other inconsistencies that draw one further and further out of consistency with righteousness. This battle will be anything but easy, but it is so totally worth fighting. Join me in my journey to becoming Dauntless.
Founder and Visionary - Jeremiah Stover