Todd Glassberg understands the value of perspective. As I sit an drink my morning cup of coffee, I ask myself ” Is the Front Porch the only place I can write this delicious little tidbits of observation”. I have to refer to the words of that favorite song. Where ever I lay my hat is my home, so my perspective is traveling with me to work.
The funny thing though about perspective, it is usually grounded in the thing or people who center us. My center is my family. People who know me may say no work is your perspective, no the gym is your perspective. Well the truth is; everything I do is for my family. I won’t say i don’t have a selfish horse in the race, but I want to be the best friend my wife could have, I want to be the best Father my children could have.
I don’t always succeed in my end game, however i consistently learn from each day . I went to see my daughter compete in the New Jersey State Championship in Cheerleading this weekend. I am so proud of her and the girls. They rose above their maturity, the entitled mindset of my town and the barriers put before them by politics and money. They placed 3rd and that is not the accomplishment. The accomplishment is that they met the task head on and competed in the first place.
Going to these events is always an emotional turmoil for me. I worry about my child, I worry about the other parents, although they smile, they sit in judgement of everyone else. When people ask me about where I live , I always think that I live with my family in a town of small minded , sometimes KEEPING UP WITH THE JONES mentality. You see , I used to have things and these people were kind friendly and outgoing, but I lost my things and found my family and myself. Now I can see them more clear.
It’s not that I have enemies or don’t like people, I just wish they would see themselves and their behavior. I am tired of being handled.
So I would have to say to you , my loyal readers; Find your center, don’t deviate and you will claim your calm in the storm.