Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Roles 161101

We play many, many roles in life, whether we like it or not. 

I am a father, son, uncle, friend, Marine, Master Gunnery Sergeant, brother, deacon, student, teacher, mentor, advisor, husband, business partner, and many other roles at any given time.  As such, I need to fill the right role at the right time. 

If I am acting like a friend when I should be parenting or leading Marines, I am going to act inappropriately.  Conversely, if I should be acting like a friend and am in parenting mode, I am again, wrong. 

I am watching the World Series of Major League Baseball as I write this blog.  Consider preparation for our differing roles. 

If a batter goes to the plate with is fielders glove on, he is not prepared to fill his role of batter.  When we start filling our various roles, are we prepared?  Have we set ourselves up to succeed at the roles we want to fill? 

If your mentor were not active in your life, consider the impact that could have.  What happens if you refuse or fail to fulfill your role?  Just looking at the kids growing up without active fathers or mother in their lives sheds some light on that question. 

Where would we be if William Gilbert hadn't studied electricity or Ben Franklin hadn't made the connection between electricity and lighting or Michael Faraday hadn't invented the electric motor?  If those innovators had not filled their role, we would be in a very dark place (pun intended). 

Figure out what role you are supposed to be filling and fill it!

Semper Fi,

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