From The Storyteller
April 23, 2018, Favorites
Rush hour in Houston, driving North on loop 610, with 12 lanes of traffic bumper to bumper as far as the eye can see. Crossing over East/West I-10, the view is the same. With literally tens of thousands of car around me, moving in every direction, I realize I am like a drop of water, in an ocean of cars, filled with people.
Reality check: The world is a really big place, and while my boat is very small, it is mine, and consequently I am the one responsible for how it is sailed. Which brings me to the word “favorite.”
We all have our “favorite” everything. We have favorite socks, pizza, Mexican food restaurant, Jackie Chan movie, holiday, and Beatles song - the list is infinite. 7 billion people in the world all having their own special combination of personal “favorites”. The result, our unique blend of “favorites” gives each of us the title – “One out of seven billion.”
A “favorite” of mine is listening to people tell their stories. When folks, without much prompting, begin to share about their “favorites”, I enjoy hearing the tale. They want somebody to listen to them, and for me, this makes the “everyday folks” I encounter wonderfully interesting, unique people.
While many forces influence our actions and can limit our choices, ultimately we alone make the final choice. My “favorite”, listening to people tell their stories - is personal. Your “favorite” maybe be reading science fiction or romance novels, your choice is personal. Grilled cheese over tuna salad – personal. Tennis rather than football – personal.
The power to choose is always personal. Being intentional about choosing your “favorites” is neither immoral nor illegal. Use that power, it really will make your life better.
Moral: It is your life, sail it the way you want.