Malcolm Gladwell is one of my favorite authors. He finds patterns in penny loafers and the Aids epidemic in The Tipping Point, makes sense out of sixth senses in Blink, and turns luck and big breaks into a science in Outliers. He opens your mind through each unique story he tells. And what greater story is there than David and Goliath? The boy with great faith and small stones to defeat the great giant of the Palestines.
I think about how when we’re young our faith is not tainted by adulthood. We haven’t lost, been defeated, and humiliated. The world is very black and white. Life has not graced us with its blows. And although wisdom can come with age, so can the short sidedness. We tend to believe that because something has not worked out in the past, that it can’t happen in the future either. This is the greatest detriment to old age: that we have lived through it, so we know it.
Sure in every experience there are valuable lessons, but the lesson stops and is curtailed the moment we halt learning. This is why I am so excited to read a book a week for a year. Each person’s unique perspective to their own personal experience only adds to my knowledge and growth. When we are growing we are becoming our highest selves. And the more we grow, the more we can give back to our communities, our families, and the people around us.
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This is why I’m doing this blog, because I want to see you become the best you can be. I’m not doing this because it’s a nice thing to do. No, I am truly frustrated by the world around me right now as I watch the news and look on social media. Doing this, is my way to add light to the situation, not because of who I think I am or my experiences. I do this because I know that gathering together a group of people and helping each other better ourselves will be how we will win. This is my David to the Goliath that I see in the world right now. I may be small, but my vision is big. Big enough to take down the biggest Goliath.
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