If you have spent any amount of time with me here on my Blog 3.0, you have probably figured out that I read…a LOT. While I don’t have a photographic memory (some days my wife, secretary and assistant all threaten to pin a note to me when I leave the Center), I can recall most of what I read in voluminous detail (both a blessing and a curse). One of the benefits of this particular ability is that I have a “Quote Notebook” in my head filled with the more memorable, pithy, dead-on-target, or just plain silly things I come across in my reading.
One particular ‘chapter’ in his notebook is devoted entirely to Winston Churchill. Let’s face it, the guy was a polymath of unprecedented proportions. While not so much a military genius, the guy was a statesman, artist, writer, and political visionary; he was an Alpha Male in a time where Alpha Men had risen to the top and controlled the fate of the world. When you look at his life and times, you see a man who through his own machinations and some good luck, came to be one of the main figures in a time when the entire world was truly at war.
I find myself continuously drawn to everything I can find either written by or about Mr. Churchill. One particular quote had been running through my mind all week and I thought I would share it with you today.
Once when asked how he thought history would remember him he said, “History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.” WOW!
Now, here’s the point; Churchill was really no different than you are now. You may not be a world leader and you may not have the fate of an entire empire in your hands, but you do control something much more valuable and important, your own life.
You are in control of your own choices and those choices determine the plot and storyline of the narrative that is your life. You ARE writing history every day with every choice you make.
My question to you today is, what kind of story will you leave behind? Will it be an action-adventure, comedy, tragedy, romance? Or will it be a “To-do” list that you never quite got around to doing? Because after all,
The Choice is Always Yours
Ok. I have to share one more quote not particularly apropos of the above, but I still love it. When asked his opinion of a rising contemporary Churchill is on record as saying, “He has all the virtues I detest and none of the vices I admire.” So as busy, important or influential as you may be, don’t take yourself or your circumstances too seriously and leave some room for a good vice or two.