Are you chasing cars you don’t really want?
I have a dog that likes to chase fast-moving things, including cars. The other day he caught a rabbit. I freaked out because I didn’t want him to get the taste of blood and then seek out our neighbors chickens and cats to kill.
Clearly this is a dangerous behavior which can cause auto accidents and even get himself killed.
Is it the thrill of the chase? Is it the reward of the catch?
What would a dog do with a car if he caught it? How silly is that!
Make sure you want what you are getting.
I listened to a talk by motivational speaker, Dan Clark, who shared the following scenario:
He is friends with a beautiful, smart, and talented singer-songwriter who has written with many of the biggest names in country music.
Consequently, many of the lead-singing bad boys of bands (fast cars) are attracted to her, and she is attracted to them.
As a conservative friend, he tried to counsel her that she has everything she needs to get what she wants. But at some point, she should stop long enough to make sure she wants what she is getting.
If she, like a dog, caught the car, what would she do with it? Just let it drag her down a road she had not intended to go down and beat her up until she finally let go in divorce?
You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.
I like the quote by Jim Rohn: “You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.” But it could more accurately say, “You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with, including yourself.”
According to Dan Clark, “It is my experience that when you put a hard-to-catch horse in the same field with an easy-to-catch horse, you usually end up with two hard-to-catch horses! And, when you put a healthy child in the same room with a sick child, you usually end up with two sick children.”
I’ve been as guilty as any, finding myself in questionable situations and wondering how I got there. If we don’t actively put ourselves in the driver’s seat of where we want to go, we will quickly be hauled off to destinations unknown. We must do whatever it takes to surround ourselves with good, clean, productive, and positive people and past-times.
Who you associate with, what you watch and listen to, the circumstances you place yourself in, the hobbies you pursue… Everything has an impact, for GOOD or BAD, on who you become and what you get out of life.
The Savior said, “Behold, verily, verily, I say unto you, ye must watch and pray always lest ye enter into temptation; for Satan desireth to have you, that he may sift you as wheat.” (3 Nephi 18:18).
For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? (Mark 8:36-37)