Food For Thought

Given the fact that I am a radio personality, I think it’s safe to say that I think about weird things. This morning is no different. I’m willing to bet that I am not alone. I just happen to be willing to express those thoughts that make their way through my brain. I credit this to my job as well. So let me ask you this question…

Have you ever noticed how much we rely on other people?

Some of you may be saying, “Duh, Jess!” And you’re right, there are obvious instances. Of course, there are doctors who we trust to put us back together, farmers we trust to grow or raise the food that we eat, or bankers to make sure our money stays in a safe place.

But have you ever thought of the everyday things?

My “a-ha moment” happened this morning while driving to work. I’m trusting the person driving the car next to me to keep their car in their lane. To obey the laws of red lights. To not text and drive (my latest pet peeve). In other words, I can be the safest driver in the world however, if another person decides to disregard their end of the bargain, I could end up in the hospital.

It sounds extreme, but I think you’ll find that it is true.

When you eat in a restaurant, you are trusting that the chef has not only gone through culinary school, but that they are doing everything they can to make sure your food is safe to consume. Or how about flying? We all know that when we step onto a plane we are trusting that the pilots are, in addition to being fully qualified, well rested for the day. We also depend on coworkers to do their jobs so that the company is successful and ultimately we get to keep our jobs.

I think this is why, when tragedy strikes or accidents happen, we become so distraught. Not only is there heartache or injury, the trust has been broken. The responsibility was not upheld. Standards were lost.

And sometimes it’s not easily restored.

I’m reminded of the core values of the United States Air Force: “Integrity first. Service before self. And excellence in all we do.” What an amazing standard to live by. I have this written and posted on my bathroom wall so I can meditate on it while I brush my teeth.

Let’s break it down. Integrity: adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty. This comes first. No ifs, ands, or buts. It’s holding yourself to a higher standard. From this come the rest of the values: putting others before yourself (pretty self-explanatory), and seeking to be excellent in all things. Excellent: possessing outstanding quality or superior merit; remarkably good. And to do this in all things, not just the things that we are good at, or the things that we want to do.

I think these values speak volumes as to how we should live. Three simple things that can make a huge impact on our society. We spend so much time trying to fix other people. We need to look at ourselves. And yes, this is difficult. Trust me, it’s easier for me to point my finger at someone else than to critically look myself in the mirror.

Let me encourage you… Actually, let me challenge you to live by these core values.

Don’t you think it would be easier to trust others if we all did this? Wouldn’t it be easier for others to trust you?



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